1415 Aug 13, King Henry V of
England took his army across the English Channel and laid siege on
the French port of Harfleur.
(ON, 6/08, p.9)
1422 Aug 13, William Caxton
(d.1491), 1st English printer, was born.
(http://en.thinkexist.com/birthday/August_13/)(WSJ, 5/12/05, p.D8)
1521 Aug 13, Spanish conqueror
Hernando Cortez conquered the Mexican city of Tenochtitlan (Mexico
City) after an 85-day battle. Emp. Cuauhtemotzin was taken prisoner.
Cortez had an Indian mistress named La Malinche.
(AP, 8/13/97)(WSJ, 8/13/97, p.A12)(WSJ, 4/24/98,
p.A15)(SFC, 5/20/21, p.A4)
1608 Aug 13, John Smith's story
of Jamestown's 1st days was submitted for publication.
1624 Aug 13, French King Louis
XIII named Cardinal Richelieu his first minister.
1630 Aug 13, Emperor Frederick
II of Bohemia fired Albrecht von Wallenmanders, his best military
1642 Aug 13, Christian Huygens
discovered the Martian south polar cap.
1651 Aug 13, Litchfield,
Connecticut, was founded.
1655 Aug 13, Johann Christoph
Denner, inventor of the clarinet, was born.
1704 Aug 13, The Battle of
Blenheim, Germany, was fought during the War of the Spanish
Succession, resulting in a victory for English and Austrian forces.
The Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene of Austria defeated the
French Army at the Battle of Blenheim. In 1705 Joseph Addison wrote
the poem "The Campaign" for the Duke of Marlborough to commemorate
the military victory over France and Spain at the Battle of
Blenheim: "Do you not think an angel rides in the whirlwind and
directs this storm."
(AP, 8/13/97)(HN, 8/13/98)(SSFC, 1/21/01, p.A6)
1732 Aug 13, Voltaire's
"Zaire," premiered in Paris.
1787 Aug 13, The Ottoman Empire
declared war on Russia.
1792 Aug 13, Revolutionaries
imprisoned the French royal family, including King Louis XVI and
Marie Antoinette. [see Aug 10]
1802 Aug 13, Nikolaus Lenau,
German poet (Faust, Die Albigenser), was born in Hungary.
1814 Aug 13, Treaty of
London-Netherland was signed to stop the transport of slaves. By
agreement Britain paid the Dutch £6 million in compensation for the
Cape of Good Hope. [see May 30]
(EWH, 4th ed, p.884)(MC, 8/13/02)
1818 Aug 13, Suffragist Lucy
Stone, women's rights activist, founder of Woman's Journal, was born
in West Brookfield, Mass.
(HN 8/13/97)(HN, 8/13/98)
1820 Aug 13, George Grove,
biblical scholar, musicographer (Grove's Dictionary), was born in
1826 Aug 13, Major Gordon
Laing, Scottish explorer, became the 1st European to enter Timbuktu
(Mali), where some 12,000 people lived. Laing was killed by a Tuareg
nomad spear on Sep 26 as he headed for Morocco. In 2005 Frank T.
Kryza authored “The Race for Timbuktu: In Search of Africa’s City of
(SSFC, 4/11/04, p.D6)(SSFC, 1/1/06, p.M2)(Econ,
1/7/06, p.75)(ON, 11/06, p.6)
1833 Aug 13, The Bank of the US
under Nicholas Biddle began to contract its loans.
1840 Aug 13, Giovanni Verga,
Italian writer (Eros), was born.
1846 Aug 13, The American flag
was raised for the first time in Los Angeles.
1849 Aug 13, Hungary’s Gen.
Gorgey surrendered to the Russian forces. Russia gave Hungary back
(PC, 1992 ed,
1851 Aug 13, John Lincoln Clem
(d.1937), drummer (last survivor of Union Volunteers), was born.
1860 Aug 13, Annie Oakley
(d.1926), sharp-shooter and entertainer, was born in Darke County,
Ohio, as Phoebe Anne Oakley Mozee (Mosey). She became a markswoman
and toured with the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show.
(WUD, 1994, p.992)(SFEC, 8/3/97, Z1 p.2)(HN,
1860 Aug 13, Montenegro’s
Nikola I Petrović-Njegoš (1841-1921) was still in Paris when, in
consequence of the assassination of his uncle Danilo I, he succeeded
1864 Aug 13, Battle of Deep
Bottom, Va., (Strawberry Plains) and Fussell's Mill, Va.
1865 Aug 13, Ignaz Semmelweis
(b.1818), Hungarian gynecologist, died from an infection in Vienna
after being beaten up by warders in an asylum.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignaz_Semmelweis)(Econ, 3/13/10, p.57)
1868 Aug 13, A magnitude 9.0
quake in Arica, Peru (later Chile), generated catastrophic tsunamis;
more than 25,000 people were killed in South America.
1876 Aug 13, Reciprocity Treaty
between US and Hawaii was ratified.
1876 Aug 13, Richard Wagner's
monumental epic, "Ring of the Nibelung" premiered with 4 operas on 4
consecutive nights) at the Festspielhaus in Bayreuth, Bavaria,
Germany. Wagner had begun writing the opera in 1848.
1878 Aug 13, Leonid
Vladimirovich Nikolayev, composer, was born.
1879 Aug 13, John N. Ireland,
English composer, pianist (Mai-Dun), was born.
1881 Aug 13, The first
African-American nursing school opened at Spelman College in
1882 Aug 13, William Jevons
(b.1835), English economist, drowned while bathing near Hastings.
His book “The Theory of Political Economy" (1871) declared that
value depends entirely upon utility.
1888 Aug 13, John Logie Baird,
inventor (father of TV), was born in Scotland.
1889 Aug 13, The first
coin-operated telephone was patented by William Gray of Hartford,
Conn. A foreman had refused to let Gray call his sick wife from the
(SFEC, 10/22/00, Z1 p.2)(AP, 8/13/08)
1892 Aug 13, The first issue of
the "Afro American" newspaper was published in Baltimore, Maryland.
1898 Aug 13, Manila, the
capital of the Philippines, fell to the U.S. Army under Adm. George
Dewey. It was later reported that Dewey had agreed to sacrifice the
lives of American soldiers in order to give Spanish officers, who
had retained dead soldiers on payroll, a chance to report heavy
fatalities back to Spain.
6/29/08, DB p.58)
1899 Aug 13, Alfred Hitchcock
(d.1980), movie director, was born in London. "A woman, I always
say, should be like a good suspense movie: The more left to the
imagination, the more excitement there is. This should be her aim --
to create suspense, to let a man discover things about her without
her having to tell him."
(AP, 8/13/97)(HN, 8/13/98)(AP, 8/13/99)
1902 Aug 13, Felix Wankel,
inventory of the rotary engine which bears his name, was born in
(HN, 8/13/00)(MC, 8/13/02)
1906 Aug 13, At Fort Brown,
Texas, some 10-20 armed men engaged an all-Black Army unit in a
shooting rampage that left one townsperson dead and a police officer
wounded. A 1910 inquiry placed guilt on the soldiers and Pres.
Roosevelt ordered all 167 discharged without honor. In 1970 John
Weaver (d.2002) authored "The Brownsville Raid," an account of the
incident that led the Army to exonerate all 167 men.
(SFC, 12/7/02, p.A25)
1907 Aug 13, Alfred Alwin Felix
Krupp, arms manufacturer, was born in Essen, Germany.
1907 Aug 13, The 1st taxicab
began operating in NYC. [see May 31]
1910 Aug 13, Florence
Nightingale (90), British nurse famous for her care of British
soldiers during the Crimean War, died. In 2004 Gillian Gill authored
“Nightingales: The Extraordinary Upbringing and Curious Life of Miss
Florence Nightingale." In 2008 Mark Bostridge authored Florence
Nightingale: The Making of an Icon."
(HN, 8/13/98)(SSFC, 9/5/04, p.M3)(AP,
8/13/07)(WSJ, 10/21/08, p.A17)
1911 Aug 13, In San Francisco
10 members of the Industrial Workers of the World were arrested
during a riot in North Beach. Speakers had been addressing a crowd
denouncing all forms of government along with a tirade against the
(SSFC, 8/14/11, DB p.42)
1912 Aug 13, Ben Hogan,
American golfer (US Open 1950, 51, 53), was born in Dublin, Tx.
(HN, 8/13/00)(MC, 8/13/02)
1912 Aug 13, Jan Peeters, Dutch
water colors painter, monumental artist, was born.
1912 Aug 13, Jules E.F.
Massenet (70), French opera composer (Werther, Manon), died.
1913 Aug 13, Makarios III,
[Michail Moeskos], archbishop, president Cyprus, was born.
1914 Aug 13, Carl Wickman began
Greyhound, the 1st US bus line, in Minnesota.
1916 Aug 13, Daniel Schorr,
radio and television correspondent, was born.
1919 Aug 13, Rex Humbard,
televangelist, was born.
1920 Aug 13, George Shearing,
blind pianist, composer (Lullaby of Byrdland), was born in London.
1923 Aug 13, US Steel Corp.
initiated an 8-hour work day.
1923 Aug 13, The Turkish
National Congress selected Mustafa Kemal Pasha (Ataturk) as
1926 Aug 13, Fidel Castro,
revolutionary leader, president, was born in Biran, Cuba.
(USAT, 8/29/97, p.8A)(HN, 8/13/98)(WSJ, 8/5/06,
1928 Aug 13, Fernand de La
Tombelle (b.1854), French composer, died.
1930 Aug 13, Captain Frank M.
Hawks, superintendent of the Aviation Division of Texaco, flew a
red-and-white Travel Air monoplane from Los Angeles to New York in
12 hours, 25 minutes and 3 seconds. According to Hawks' own widely
publicized account, the Travel Air performed flawlessly, with an
average airspeed of 215 mph. Hawks made three 15-minute refueling
stops during the 2,510-mile journey. He battled a rainstorm,
crosswinds, hunger and a thick haze that made "the ground barely
visible at 8,000 feet," but reached New York City in time for
1932 Aug 13, Adolf Hitler
refused President Hindenburg’s offer to serve as Franz Von Papen's
vice chancellor saying he was prepared to hold out "for all or
(AP, 8/13/97)(HN, 8/13/98)
1934 Aug 13, The satirical
comic strip "Li'l Abner," created by Al Capp, made its debut.
1934 Aug 13, United Aircraft
was removed from the DJIA. National Distillers and Chemical Corp.
(WSJ, 5/28/96, p. R-45)(WSJ, 4/8/04, p.C4)
1937 Aug 13, Japanese attacked
1939 Aug 13, Saul Steinberg,
American artist (The Art of Living, New Yorker Magazine), was born
1940 Aug 13, Der Adler Tag
(Eagle Day) was the name given to the day the German Luftwaffe
launched an all-out offensive against the Royal Air Force and the
British aircraft industry in southern England. With this action,
Adolf Hitler hoped to knock out any aerial resistance to his planned
invasion of the British Isles. RAF fighter pilots successfully held
off the numerically superior Luftwaffe, in spite of the loss of 415
pilots out of a force of 1,500.
1941 Aug 13, Red army evacuated
1942 Aug 13, Walt Disney's
animated feature "Bambi" premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New
York. The film was a watered down version of a 1923 novel by Felix
Salten. The animated cartoon featured "Thumper" the bunny. The Bambi
character was imbued with poetic quality by Chinese-born artist
Tyrus Wong (1910-2016).
(SFEC, 5/11/97, DB p.37)(WSJ, 10/14/97,
p.A20)(AP, 8/13/99)(SFC, 1/2/17, p.A10)
1942 Aug 13, Brazil-based Bemol
was founded by three grandsons of Moroccan Jewish immigrants who had
arrived in 1887. By 2020 it was the largest department store in the
1943 Aug 13, Harold E. Stearns
(b.1891), American journalist, died. His books included “Liberalism
in America" (1919). He also edited the influential “Civilization in
the United States An Inquiry by Thirty Americans" (1922), the book
that inspired many dissatisfied young Americans to go abroad.
1944 Aug 13, In NYC Lucien Carr
stabbed to death David Kammerer following sexual advances by
Kammerer, who had been Carr's Boy Scout Scoutmaster during his
youth. Carr turned himself in and was later sentenced to 20 years,
but served only 2 years in prison at Elmira Correctional Facility in
upstate, NY. Lucien Carr later introduced Allen Ginsberg, Jack
Kerouac and William Burroughs to each other.
1945 Aug 13, 35 Jews sacrificed
their lives to blow up a Nazi rubber plant in Silesia.
1946 Aug 13, Britain
transferred illegal immigrants bound for Palestine to Cyprus.
1946 Aug 13, H.G. Wells
(b.1866), sci-fi author (Time Machine), died in London.
1948 Aug 13, During the Berlin
Airlift, the weather over Berlin became so stormy that American
planes had their most difficult day landing supplies. They deemed it
1953 Aug 13, 4-5 million French
went on strike against economizations.
1960 Aug 13, The first two-way
telephone conversation by satellite took place with the help of Echo
1, a balloon satellite.
1960 Aug 13, Central African
Republic became independence from France and David Dacko was named
(PC, 1992, p.973)(EWH, 1st ed., p.1173)(MC,
1960 Aug 13, The Soviet Union
withdrew advisors, aid and other support from China.
(SFC, 10/1/99, p.A14)(MC, 8/13/02)
1961 Aug 13, Berlin was divided
as East Germany sealed off the border between the city's eastern and
western sectors in order to halt the flight of refugees. Two days
later, work began on the Berlin Wall.
1963 Aug 13, A 17 year-old
Buddhist monk burned himself to death in Saigon, South Vietnam.
1965 Aug 13, In SF the
Jefferson Airplane made its first public performance opening at the
new Matrix club at 3138 Fillmore Street. Band co-founder Marty Balin
(1942-2018) held an ownership interest in the club.
(SFEC, 5/23/99, Z1 p.4)(SFC, 11/17/08, p.E4)(SFC,
1965 Aug 13, The Berkeley Barb,
an underground weekly, debuted in Berkeley, Ca. The radical paper,
founded by Max Scherr, continued for fifteen years.
(SSFC, 8/2/15, p.A1)
1967 Aug 13, The movie "Bonnie
and Clyde," starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, had its US
1968 Aug 13, In Greece there
was an assassination attempt against Col. George Papadopoulos
(1919-1999), the right-wing military leader, organized by Alexandros
Panagoulis (1939-1976), Greek politician and poet.
1971 Aug 13, Britain requested
to exchange US dollars for gold. This prompted Pres. Nixon on August
15 to suspend such conversions.
(Econ, 3/27/10, p.86)
1973 Aug 13, Pres. Nixon
instituted general wage and price controls. Phase IV controls went
into effect for the general economy and lasted until Economic
Stabilization Program (ESP) expired on April 30, 1974.
1978 Aug 13, In a Palestinian
area of Beirut, Lebanon, a bomb killed 100 people.
(WUD, 1994, p.1691)
1979 Aug 13-1979 Aug 14, A
force 9 gale off the southwest coast of Ireland left 15 yachtsmen of
the 28th Fastnet Race dead.
1981 Aug 13, In a ceremony at
his California ranch, President Reagan signed a historic package of
tax and budget reductions, also known as the Kemp-Roth tax cuts.
Abstinence-only sex education programs were introduced under Pres.
Reagan. Sponsors Rep. Jack Kemp and Sen. William Roth, had hoped for
more significant tax cuts, but settled on this bill after a great
debate in Congress. The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) of
1981 included a rider known as the Adolescent Family Life Act
(AFLA), sponsored by Republican Senators Orrin Hatch (Utah) and
Jeremiah Denton (Alabama). AFLA set aside a small but significant
amount of federal money to be used for the promotion of abstinence,
as well as religious instruction in sexual matters within the public
schools. In the first four years following implementation of the tax
reform act annual revenues were reduced by almost 2% of GDP.
8/13/01)(Econ, 11/19/16, p.66)
1986 Aug 13, In Texas Christine
Morton was found beaten and killed in her Williamson County home.
Her husband Michael Morton was convicted and spent 25 years in
prison before being freed in 2011 after DNA evidence showed another
man was responsible. On April 19, 2013, a judge ruled that former DA
Ken Anderson had acted improperly and issued an arrest warrant on
criminal contempt and tampering charges.
(SFC, 10/5/11, p.A7)(SFC, 4/20/13, p.A4)
1987 Aug 13, A rented Piper
Cherokee airplane flew close to President Reagan's helicopter in
restricted airspace over Southern California; the pilot and
passenger of the plane were arrested.
1987 Aug 13, On the fifth
anniversary of a bull market, the Dow Jones industrial average
closed at 2,691.49 after briefly surpassing 2,700.
1988 Aug 13, Vice President
George Bush contemplated a list of potential running mates as
Republicans gathered in New Orleans for their party's national
1989 Aug 13, The space shuttle
Columbia returned from a secret military mission.
1989 Aug 13, Thirteen people
were killed when their hot air balloon collided with another over
the Australian outback near the town of Alice Springs. The two
balloons were flying at an altitude of 600 meters when one plunged
to the ground after the collision.
1989 Aug 13, Searchers in
Ethiopia found the wreckage of a plane which had disappeared almost
a week earlier while carrying Texas Congressman Mickey Leland and 15
other people on a humanitarian mission. There were no survivors.
(AP, 8/13/97)(HN 8/13/97)(HN,
1990 Aug 13, President Bush
ordered Defense Secretary Dick Cheney to the Persian Gulf for the
second time since Iraq invaded Kuwait. American combat troops in
Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, were told to prepare for a long stay.
1990 Aug 13, Alejandro Otero
(b.1921), Venezuelan painter of Geometric abstraction, a sculptor, a
writer and a cultural promoter, died in Caracas.
1991 Aug 13, VP Dan Quayle made
a speech attacking lawyers.
1991 Aug 13, Clark Clifford
resigned as chairman of First American Bankshares Incorporated, a
bank holding company the government said had been illegally acquired
by the Bank of Credit and Commerce International. Clifford and law
partner Robert Altman were indicted in 1992 on charges of lying to
regulators and receiving bribes from BCCI; Altman was acquitted at
trial, and remaining charges against both men were dropped.
1991 Aug 13, Jack Ryan
(b.1926), designer and inventor (Barbie Doll, Hot Wheels), died.
1992 Aug 13, "Real Inspector
Hound" opened at Criterion in NYC for 61 performances.
1992 Aug 13, President Bush
announced that Secretary of State James A. Baker III was leaving his
diplomatic post to be White House chief of staff in a shake-up
designed to energize Bush's re-election campaign.
1992 Aug 13, Comedian, actor
and director Woody Allen began legal action against actress Mia
Farrow to win custody of their three children. A judge later ruled
1993 Aug 13, Negotiators for
the US, Canada and Mexico announced they had resolved side issues
concerning the proposed North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
1993 Aug 13, US Court of
Appeals ruled that congress must save all e-mails.
1994 Aug 13, In his weekly
radio address, President Clinton put Congress on notice that he
wouldn't give up an assault weapons ban as the price to revive a
crime bill stalled on Capitol Hill.
1994 Aug 13, NATO
Secretary-General Manfred Woerner died at age 59.
1995 Aug 13, Baseball Hall of
Famer Mickey Mantle died at a Dallas hospital of rapidly spreading
liver cancer at the age of 63.
1995 Aug 13, Hans-Christian
Ostro, a 27-year-old Norwegian who had come to India to study dance
was found dead in the Pahalgam district with his severed head
balanced between his thighs, close to the sight of a previous
kidnapping by Kashmir guerillas.
(SFC, 5/27/96, p.A6)
1996 Aug 13, At their
convention in San Diego, Republicans delivered a blistering critique
of President Clinton's record, portraying the Democratic incumbent
as an unprincipled liberal conning voters with election-year
1996 Aug 13, Mary Higgins
Clark, suspense writer, signed a 3-book contract with Simon &
Schuster for $3 mil per book.
(SFC, 8/13/96, p.B2)
1996 Aug 13, Microsoft released
Internet Explorer 3.0.
1996 Aug 13, In Belgium Marc
Dutroux, on parole following rape charges, was arrested for
kidnapping and the murder of 2 girls. In 2004 he was convicted of
kidnapping and murder. His wife and 2 accomplices were also
1996 Aug 13, In Burundi the
last 2 commercial flights left the country as the outside world
tightened sanctions to punish the new military regime.
(SFC, 8/14/96, p.A10)
1996 Aug 13, In South Africa
Nadthmie Edries, leader of a group called People Against
Gangsterism, was charged with sedition in connection with the
vigilante slaying of a drug-gang leader.
(SFC, 8/15/96, p.C1)
1996 Aug 13, In Spain at
Perpignan a gang of masked men stole $800,000 in Spanish pesetas
from the cargo hold of an Air France plane.
(SFC, 8/15/96, p.A1)
1997 Aug 13, U.S. envoy Dennis
Ross wrapped up a four-day mission to the Middle East, during which
he'd persuaded the Palestinians to resume security cooperation with
1997 Aug 13, In Detroit, Mich.,
Yolanda Bellamy was slain with 2 young sons, a niece and a nephew. A
suspect was later arrested and jumped from a 5th floor police
station window. He was critically injured.
(SFC, 8/15/97, p.A3)
1997 Aug 13, A NYC police
officer of the 70th precinct in Flatbush was arrested for sexually
assaulting a Haitian immigrant who was arrested in a nightclub
fight. Officer Justin Volpe sodomized Abner Louima with a toilet
plunger and then forced the handle into Louima’s mouth. Volpe’s
partner, Thomas Bruder, was ordered off active duty and Mayor
Giuliani ordered a shakeup and investigation. Officer Charles
Schwartz was later arrested for his participation. Two more
officers, Thomas Wiese and Thomas Bruder, were later arrested for
beating Louima after his arrest. In 1998 federal civil rights
charges were filed against the involved officers. Officer Volpe was
jailed in 1999 after he pleaded guilty that he had sodomized Abner
Louima. In 1999 Officer Schwarz was found guilty
of holding Louima down. Officers Bruder, Wiese and Bellomo were
acquitted. In 2000 officers Bruder, Schwartz and Wiese were
convicted of covering up the assault on Louima. Schwartz was
sentenced to 15 years and 8 months in prison and ordered to pay
$277,495 in restitution. Bruder and Wiese were sentenced to 5 years
each. In 2002 a federal appeals court overturned the convictions
against Schwarz, Wiese and Bruder.
(SFC, 8/14/97, p.A5)(SFC, 8/15/97, p.A4)(SFC,
8/16/97, p.A5)(SFC, 8/19/97, p.A3)(SFC, 2/27/98, p.A6)(SFC, 5/26/99,
p.A1)(SFC, 6/9/99, p.A3)(SFC, 3/7/00, p.A3)(SFC, 6/28/00, p.A3)(SFC,
1997 Aug 13, In India the
Supreme Court ordered the government to come up with legislation to
protect women from sexual harassment in the workplace.
(SFC, 8/14/97, p.C3)
1997 Aug 13, In Tehran, Iran,
Ali Reza Khoshruy Kuran Kordiyeh ("the vampire") was flogged and
hung for the rape, murder and burning of 9 women in a crime spree
that began in March.
(SFC, 8/14/97, p.C3)
1997 Aug 13, From Panama it was
reported that Pres. Balladares has given journalist Gustavo Gorriti
until the end of the month to leave Panama. Mr. Gorriti had
published investigative articles detailing the financial dealings of
the president’s election campaign, his allies and gentlemen of
(WSJ, 8/13/97, p.A1)
1997 Aug 13, In Russia the book
"Boris Yeltsin: From Dawn to Sunset" by former bodyguard Alexander
Korzhakov went on sale.
(SFC, 8/13/97, p.A12)
1997 Aug 13, From Russia it was
reported that a helicopter accidentally had dropped a 2.3 ton lead
box containing strontium 90 into 66 feet of water off Sakhalin
(WSJ, 8/13/97, p.A1)
1998 Aug 13, President Clinton
led the nation in mourning 12 Americans killed in a pair of U.S.
embassy bombings in Africa. Standing before black hearses carrying
10 of the bodies, the president pledged to seek justice "for these
1998 Aug 13, Oakland, Ca.,
declared a medical marijuana club a city agency.
(SFC, 8/14/98, p.A1)
1998 Aug 13, US border agents
found 7 people dead in the Anza-Borrego Desert. They were believed
to be illegal immigrants abandoned by their smuggler.
(SFC, 8/14/98, p.A3)
1998 Aug 13, In California Jack
Jessee was stabbed to death by hit man, Thomas Joseph Garrick (36)
of Laguna Hills. His wife had him murdered to avoid paying for his
cancer treatment and to collect insurance money. Sandra Jessee was
arrested in Phoenix in 2007. She had collected $650,000 after her
husband's murder from the sale of their home, his death benefits and
(SFC, 3/24/12, p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/7wx9dol)
1998 Aug 13, Jose Garcia Reyes
(57), an unemployed tomato picker, was murdered at the edge of the
UC Davis campus. Ruben Campos, Guadalupe Franklin and Juan Palomino
were arrested for the murder but their prosecution fell apart due to
alleged coercive interrogation tactics.
(SFEC, 6/18/00, p.A1,22)
1998 Aug 13, Julien Green (97),
the first American to be elected to the Academie Francaise, died in
Paris. The Catholic and homosexual writer produced 18 novels that
included "Moira" and "Each in his Darkness." He also published 14
volumes of journals and 5 volumes of memoirs.
(SFC, 8/18/98, p.A18)
1998 Aug 13, In Bangladesh more
rain left 11 more people dead and the death toll grew to 326.
(SFC, 8/14/98, p.D3)
1998 Aug 13, In Congo rebels
seized a hydroelectric dam and cut off power to Kinshasa. Kabila
fired his army chief in response.
(WSJ, 8/14/98, p.A1)
1998 Aug 13, In Berlin,
Germany, a monument to the Berlin Wall and the 255 people who died
crossing it was dedicated at the corner of Ackerstrasse and Bernauer
(WSJ, 9/10/98, p.A20)
1998 Aug 13, The president of
South Korea ordered an amnesty for 7,007 prisoners to mark the Aug.
15 50th anniversary of the Republic.
(WSJ, 8/14/98, p.A1)
1998 Aug 13, Puerto Rico
approved a Dec. 13 referendum for statehood.
(SFC, 8/14/98, p.A3)
1998 Aug 13, George Soros, in a
letter to the Financial Times, called for the government of Russia
to devalue its currency by 15-25%. The government insisted that it
would not devalue and the ruble continued to drop.
(SFC, 8/14/98, p.A10)
1998 Aug 13, Three Russian
cosmonauts lifted off for the second-to-last Mir mission.
(SFC, 8/14/98, p.D3)
1998 Aug 13, In Kosovo, Serbia,
Ibrahim Rugova formed a delegation to begin talks with Pres.
(SFC, 8/15/98, p.A16)
1999 Aug 13, Tennis player
Steffi Graf retired from the sport she had dominated for two
1999 Aug 13, In Argentina
protests and riots raged out of control in Neuquen province where
unemployment was 40%. Skirmishes were also reported from Tucuman,
Cordoba, Corrientes, and Tierra del Fuego.
(SFC, 8/14/99, p.C1)
1999 Aug 13, In Bogota,
Colombia, motorcycle gunmen shot to death humorist and radio
co-host, Jaime Garzon (39), in a killing that authorities later
blamed on the leader of the country’s right-wing paramilitary.
(SFC, 8/14/99, p.A11)(AP, 8/13/00)
1999 Aug 13, Iran agreed under
pressure to join Turkey for simultaneous military operations against
(SFC, 8/14/99, p.A10)
1999 Aug 13, In Liberia 7
abducted aid workers were freed and some 90 other UN and foreign
workers fled into Guinea to avoid fighting.
(SFC, 8/14/99, p.C1)
1999 Aug 13, Izvestia confirmed
that 4 Russian helicopters were destroyed in Dagestan and that an
SU-24 fighter plane was damaged.
(SFC, 8/14/99, p.A10)
1999 Aug 13, In Turkey the
parliament made constitutional changes to overhaul the economy and
bring in foreign investment.
(WSJ, 8/16/99, p.A10)
1999 Aug 13, In Uganda troops
were sent across the northeast to quell ethnic unrest following 155
killings in the past month. A clan of ethnic Karamajongs was
attacked 2 weeks earlier by rival Karamajongs and Turkanans from
northern Kenya and at least 140 people were killed.
(SFC, 8/14/99, p.C1)
2000 Aug 13, On the eve of the
Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, 3500 protesters
demonstrated against police brutality and in support of Mumia
Abu-Jamal, on death row for killing a Philadelphia police officer.
2000 Aug 13, It was reported
that physicist Humphrey Maris of Brown Univ. had reported findings
in June to the Quantum Fluids and Solids Conference that challenged
the indivisibility of electrons.
(SFEC, 8/13/00, p.A1)
2000 Aug 13, In Kashmir 16
people were killed and dozens injured in explosions and gun battles
across the province. 2 land mines killed 6 soldiers and 10 rebels
died in battles with government troops.
(SFC, 8/14/00, p.A13)(SFC, 8/15/00, p.A14)
2000 Aug 13, Over 2,000 Somali
leaders gathered in Djibouti to form a central government with a new
(SFC, 8/14/00, p.A1)
2000 Aug 13, Pres. Chavez of
Venezuela held talks in Libya with Moammar Khadafy and proceeded to
Nigeria to meet Pres. Obasanjo.
(SFC, 8/14/00, p.A14)
2001 Aug 13, It was reported
that the US state-prison population had declined in 2000 for the 1st
time since 1972.
(WSJ, 8/13/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 13, Elizabeth Cavanna
Harrison (aka Betsy Allen or Elizabeth Headley), American romance
writer, died in France at age 92. Her over 80 romances included
"Going on Sixteen" (1945), and "Spice Island Mystery" 1970.
(SFC, 8/14/01, p.A18)
2001 Aug 13, In southeast
Chechnya rebels seized the village of Benoi-Yurt. Pro-Moscow
administrators were reported killed.
(SFC, 8/14/01, p.A7)
2001 Aug 13, Japanese PM
Junichiro Koizumi tried to ease the anger of Asian neighbors by
visiting a controversial war shrine two days before the actual
anniversary of Japan's World War II surrender.
(SFC, 8/14/01, p.A1)(AP, 8/13/02)
2001 Aug 13, In Macedonia a
peace deal was signed by rival leaders of the 2 main ethnic groups
and paved the way for NATO troops to arrive and disarm ethnic
Albanian rebels. Representatives of the EU, USA and NATO helped
Macedonian politicians produce a plan for peace at Lake Ohrid called
the Ohrid agreement.
2002 Aug 13, President Bush
hosted a half-day economic forum at Baylor University in Waco,
Texas, where he assured Americans that his administration had a
steady hand on the economy.
2002 Aug 13, American Airlines
said it would eliminate 7,000 and cut flights.
2002 Aug 13, Angola reported
the capture of Augustin Bizimungu, a key figure in the 1994 Rwandan
(SFC, 8/14/02, p.A13)
2002 Aug 13, Deaths from
flooding in Bangladesh (157), India (265) and Nepal (422) and
reached at least 874.
(SFC, 8/13/02, p.A15)
2002 Aug 13, In Chechnya
explosions rocked a bus in Grozny and Shali, killing at least five
people and wounding several others.
2002 Aug 13, Vltava River
floodwaters poured into a historic part of Prague, despite the
frantic efforts of rescue workers to save the ancient Czech capital
from rising river levels, which have forced tens of thousands to
(Reuters, 8/13/02)(AP, 8/13/02)
2002 Aug 13, In India
separatist guerrillas ambushed a truck in Meghalaya state and killed
at least 15 people.
(SFC, 8/13/02, p.A13)
2002 Aug 13, In Nigeria the
lower house called for the resignation of Pres. Obasanjo.
(WSJ, 8/14/02, p.A10)
2002 Aug 13, Turkmenistan's
Pres. Saparmurat Niyazov issued a decree that extends adolescence
until age 25 and postpones old age until 85. His edict divides life
into 12-year cycles. Childhood lasts until age 12. Next comes
adolescence which will now last to age 25. Turkmen aged between 25
and 37 are considered youthful, while those aged between 27 and 49
years are mature. The next 12-year cycles are divided into periods
labeled as prophetic, inspirational and wise.
2003 Aug 13, Arnold
Schwarzenegger, candidate for governor of California, named Warren
Buffet as his economic adviser. 135 candidates were certified.
(WSJ, 8/14/03, p.A1)
2003 Aug 13, Florida's
legislature approved a bill that capped most medical malpractice
damage awards at $500,000.
(WSJ, 8/14/03, p.A1)
2003 Aug 13, In southern
Afghanistan a bomb ripped through a bus in Lashkargah, killing 15
people, including six children. Officials blamed al-Qaida and
remnants of the Taliban militia for the bombing, the deadliest in
nearly a year. Heavy fighting erupted between government soldiers
and Taliban remnants. 43 deaths were reported in the fighting.
(AP, 8/13/03)(AP, 8/14/03)
2003 Aug 13, Ontario health
officials reported that a family doctor had become the 44th person
to die from SARS in Toronto.
2003 Aug 13, Chinese
researchers reported that they had created hybrid embryos of human
and rabbit DNA as a source for stem cells.
(SFC, 8/14/03, p.A3)
2003 Aug 13, Iraq began pumping
crude oil from its northern oil fields for the first time since the
start of the war.
2003 Aug 13, In Iraq British
Private Jason Smith (32) died of heat stroke as the local
temperature passed the limits of available thermometers. An inquest
in 2007 ruled that troops were not adequately advised on how to cope
with high temperatures. In 2009 the British Ministry of Defense
upheld an earlier judgment that the military had breached Smith’s
right to life.
2003 Aug 13, Libya agreed to
set up a $2.7 billion fund for families of 270 people killed in the
1988 Pan Am bombing.
2003 Aug 13, Scientists are
blaming global warming for falling fish harvests in Africa's Lake
Tanganyika, threatening the diets of several poor nations.
2004 Aug 13, Hurricane Charley
roared across Cuba, ripping apart roofs, downing power lines and
yanking up huge palm trees on its way to Florida. Charley hit
Florida with winds at 145mph. It flattened oceanfront homes, killed
23 people and left thousands more homeless.
(AP, 8/13/04)(AP, 8/14/04)(AP, 8/14/04)(AP,
8/16/04)(WSJ, 8/20/04, p.A1)
2004 Aug 13, Julia Child (91),
the grande dame of US television cooking shows and books, died in
Santa Barbara, Ca. During WWII she spent 3 years working for the
Office of Strategic Services (OSS). In 2006 Her memoir “My Life in
France," co-written with Alex Prud’homme, was published. In 1997
Noel Riley Fitch authored "Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia
Child." In 2012 Bob Spitz authored “Dearie: The Remarkable Life of
(Reuters, 8/13/04)(Econ, 8/28/04, p.78)(SSFC,
4/2/06, p.M1)(WSJ, 8/19/08, p.D7)(Econ, 8/18/12, p.74)
2004 Aug 13, Australia's
parliament approved a free trade pact with the United States.
2004 Aug 13, The FNL, a
Burundian Hutu rebel faction, raided Gatumba camp, a UN refugee camp
in western Burundi, shooting and hacking to death 160 people. The
camp sheltered Congolese ethnic Tutsi refugees, known as the
(AP, 8/14/04)(Econ, 8/21/04, p.37)(Econ, 9/11/04,
2004 Aug 13, In Colombia 3
outlawed paramilitary factions agreed to disarm immediately.
2004 Aug 13, Typhoon Rananim
weakened to a tropical storm. The death toll from Rananim rose to
115, after it slammed into the China's southeastern coast.
2004 Aug 13, The Olympics
opened In Athens. A sea of athletes under 202 flags parted to let a
Greek windsurfing champion jog across the stadium and climb to the
Olympic cauldron, which dipped on its slender 102-foot arm to
receive the spark from his torch. Women’s wrestling debuted as an
(AP, 8/14/04)(NG, 8/04, Geographica)
2004 Aug 13, In Calcutta a man
convicted of raping and killing a schoolgirl was executed, becoming
the first person hanged for their crimes in India in nearly a
decade. Apartment guard Dhananjoy Chatterjee (42) was executed for
the 1990 rape and murder of a teenage schoolgirl.
2004 Aug 13, Iraqi officials
and aides to a radical Shiite cleric negotiated to end fighting that
has raged in the holy city of Najaf for 9 days, after American
forces suspended an offensive against Muqtada al-Sadr's militia.
2004 Aug 13, An Islamic Web
site posted still pictures that purportedly show Iraqi militants
beheading an Egyptian man they claim was spying for the U.S.
2004 Aug 13, Lebanon criticized
French efforts to ban the militant group Hezbollah's television
station, saying the channel may be anti-Israeli but it is not
2004 Aug 13, In the Maldives
3,000 people gathered outside the police headquarters Friday
demanding the release of prisoners. The government arrested 185
people, including a former minister and a one-time attorney general.
2004 Aug 13, A Palestinian
gunman killed an Israeli security guard near a Jewish West Bank
settlement before being slain himself.
2004 Aug 13, A southern
Philippines court sentenced 17 members of the al-Qaida-linked Abu
Sayyaf militant group to death for kidnapping nurses from a hospital
there three years ago.
2004 Aug 13, The first elements
of a 300-strong African Union protection force left Kigali, Rwanda,
for Sudan's troubled region of Darfur, Sudan.
2005 Aug 13, The Pentagon said
for the second time since the Iraq war began, it was replacing body
armor for US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, citing a need for
2005 Aug 13, Khosraw Basheri
(23) claimed a historic title of Mr. Afghanistan in the country’s
first-ever national competition to select a top bodybuilder.
2005 Aug 13, US Marines and
Afghan troops launched an offensive to take a remote mountain valley
from insurgents tied to the deadliest blow on American forces since
the Taliban regime was ousted nearly four years ago.
2005 Aug 13, James Petersen
(51), a Univ. of Vermont anthropology professor on a research trip
to Brazil, was killed while he was being robbed in Iranduba near the
Amazon River. Three suspects were taken into custody.
2005 Aug 13, Britain's
tax-funded National Health Service is unsustainable and should be
scrapped, the country's most senior doctor said, but the country's
largest health union warned that any change to the NHS' founding
principles would lead to a "public outcry".
2005 Aug 13, A chunk of ice
bigger than the area of Manhattan broke from the Ayles Ice Shelf at
Ellesmere Island in Canada's far north. Scientists later said that
it could wreak havoc if it starts to float westward toward
oil-drilling regions and shipping lanes in 2007.
2005 Aug 13, It was reported
that Delhi’s water board (DJB) planned a $246 million water project
with $140 million financed by the World Bank. As in many Indian
cities 16 million people in Delhi suffered chronic water shortages.
(Econ, 8/13/05, p.53)
2005 Aug 13, The death toll in
India from water-borne diseases following floods in Bombay and
surrounding areas two weeks ago rose to at least 125.
2005 Aug 13, In Indian Kashmir
9 people died in fresh fighting. Troops intensified search
operations ahead of India's Aug 15 Independence Day, which
separatists observe as a "black day".
2005 Aug 13, In Iran at least
17 people were reported killed over the last 3 weeks and many more
wounded during anti-government protests in the western province of
(AP, 8/13/05)(SSFC, 8/14/05, p.A15)
2005 Aug 13, In Iraq 3 soldiers
were killed and one other wounded in a roadside bombing near Tuz
Khormato, 95 miles north of Baghdad. Another soldier was killed at
another roadside bombing.
2005 Aug 13, An Italian
newspaper reported that more than 100 Italian troops whose tours in
southern Iraq have ended are not being replaced, apparently marking
the beginning of the country's withdrawal from Iraq ahead of
2005 Aug 13, A small plane
carrying tourists crashed in southern Italy, killing at least two
2005 Aug 13, For the first time
in a decade, the founders and top political leaders of Hamas
gathered on the same stage, vowing to go on fighting Israel and
claiming victory for its impending withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.
2005 Aug 13, David Lange
(b.1942), former New Zealand prime minister (1984-1989), died in
Auckland. He was the architect of new Zealand’s anti-nuclear policy.
(WSJ, 8/15/05, p.A1)(http://tinyurl.com/bsgp2)
2005 Aug 13, Fernando Olivera,
Peru's new foreign minister, said he was resigning his post, just
two days after the uproar from his appointment sparked a major
shake-up of President Alejandro Toledo's Cabinet.
2005 Aug 13, Fires at a rate of
400 per day began breaking out in Portugal.
(Econ, 8/27/05, p.42)
2005 Aug 13, Rival militias in
arid southwestern Somalia battled for control over a village with
pastures and wells. Twelve combatants died, and hundreds of
2005 Aug 13, Sri Lanka declared
a state of emergency and deployed troops to search for suspects
Saturday after the assassination of the foreign minister.
2006 Aug 13, In Michigan City,
Indiana, fire swept through a two-story house, killing at least six
people. An unknown number of others were missing. It was not clear
whether they had left the scene or were still inside the home.
2006 Aug 13, In Afghanistan at
least 5 Afghan troops and 25 militants were killed.
(WSJ, 8/14/06, p.A1)
2006 Aug 13, The 16th
International AIDS conference opened in Toronto with some 24,000
people in attendance.
(SSFC, 8/13/06, p.A15)(Econ, 8/19/06, p.65)
2006 Aug 13, The death toll
from Typhoon Saomai, the strongest storm to hit China in 50 years,
rose to 114 as more evacuees died when buildings used as shelters
collapsed. China’s state media reported About 17 million people in
southwest China don't have access to clean drinking water due to
(AP, 8/13/06)(Reuters, 8/13/06)
2006 Aug 13, On his 80th
birthday, Fidel Castro cautioned Cubans that he faced a long
recovery from surgery and advised them to prepare for "adverse
news," but he urged them to stay optimistic.
2006 Aug 13, Iraq's health
minister, who is aligned to a powerful Shiite militia, claimed that
US forces arrested seven of his personal guards in a surprise
pre-dawn raid on his office. 4 vehicle bombs killed 63 Iraqis and
wounded 140 in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad.
(AP, 8/13/06)(AP, 8/14/06)(SFC, 8/16/06, p.A6)
2006 Aug 13, After a stormy
debate, Israel's Cabinet approved a Mideast cease-fire, agreeing to
silence the army's guns on Aug 14 at 8AM. The Israeli military
embarked on a last-minute push to devastate Hezbollah guerrillas,
rocketing south Beirut with at least 20 missiles. Israeli warplanes
fired missiles into gasoline stations in the southern port city of
Tyre, killing at least 12 people in those and other attacks.
Hezbollah fired more than 150 rockets at northern Israel, killing an
Israeli man. Two Israeli air raids on a village in Lebanon's eastern
Bekaa Valley killed at least seven people and wounded nearly two
2006 Aug 13, In Mexico a
recount confirmed Calderon as the next president. Lopez Obrador
vowed to mount new legal challenges.
(WSJ, 8/14/06, p.A1)
2006 Aug 13, Sri Lankan troops
and Tamil Tiger rebels fought ground battles and artillery duels as
the weekend death toll rose to 186. The rebels denied they were
ready to talk peace. At least 15 people died in fighting around the
St. Philip Neri Church in Allaiiddy, a predominantly Tamil village
located on an island just west of the Jaffna Peninsula. The island,
like the peninsula, is held by the government.
(AFP, 8/13/06)(AP, 8/14/06)
2006 Aug 13, In Turkey the PKK
killed 2 policemen in a bomb attack near Tunceli.
(Econ, 9/2/06, p.48)
2006 Aug 13, In Venezuela
prison officials discovered that Carlos Ortega, an anti-Chavez union
leader, had slipped out of the Ramo Verde prison west of Caracas,
where he was serving a 16-year sentence for civil rebellion. Three
convicted military officers also escaped.
2007 Aug 13, Karl Rove, the
White House deputy chief of staff, announced his retirement
effective at the end of the month.
(WSJ, 8/14/07, p.A1)
2007 Aug 13, Brooke Astor
(b.1902), philanthropist, died at her Holy Hill estate in NY.
(SFC, 8/13/07, p.B5)(Econ, 8/25/07, p.79)
2007 Aug 13, Phil Rizzuto (89),
Hall of Fame Yankees shortstop and broadcaster, died in West Orange,
N.J. He was beloved by a generation of fans for exclaiming "Holy
cow!" as a broadcaster.
2007 Aug 13, In Afghanistan 2
women among the 23 South Koreans kidnapped by the Taliban in
mid-July were freed on a rural roadside and then driven to a US
base. A German held hostage said in a telephone conversation
orchestrated by his captors that he was in ill health and the
Taliban had threatened him with death. In southern Afghanistan 6
civilians were killed when a rocket-propelled grenade blew up their
vehicle when Taliban militia attacked a military convoy. A separate
clash between troops and insurgents in Ghazni province, further
north, left four Taliban dead.
(AP, 8/13/07)(AP, 8/14/07)
2007 Aug 13, According to new
data China's inflation rate accelerated to the highest monthly rate
in a decade, driven by a 15.4% surge in food prices over the
year-earlier period. Officials said China is still freeing people,
including children, forced to work as slaves in illegal brick
factories, two months after the scandal involving the brick yards
was exposed. A bridge under construction in the central Hunan city
of Fenghuang collapsed as workers removed scaffolding from its
facade, killing 64 people.
(AP, 8/13/07)(AP, 8/14/07)(AP, 8/13/08)
2007 Aug 13, A boat carrying
illegal immigrants capsized off France's Indian Ocean island of
Mayotte, killing at least 17 people, eight of them children. The
boat carrying 38 people was en route from the Comoros Islands about
125 miles to the northwest when it overturned while trying to evade
the French coast guard.
2007 Aug 13, US troops in Iraq
launched a major assault against Al-Qaeda-linked militants and
alleged Iranian-aided extremist groups as a Sunni leader accused
Iran of plotting genocide against his people. The US military also
said it had arrested a top "financier" of Iraqi extremist groups
believed to be supported by Tehran’s Quds Force in a Baghdad raid. 3
US soldiers were killed in an explosion near their vehicle in
northwestern Ninevah province. Another died of wounds sustained
during combat operations in western Baghdad.
(AFP, 8/13/07)(AP, 8/14/07)
2007 Aug 13, In Malaysia 20
people died after an express bus overturned on the main highway,
tearing off the vehicle's roof and flinging seats into the air in
what officials said was the country's worst traffic disaster. The
toll rose to 22 after 2 injured people died later.
(AP, 8/13/07)(AP, 8/20/07)
2007 Aug 13, Armed pirates
attacked a Malaysian barge in the Malacca Strait and kidnapped 2
Indonesian crew, in the first high sea abduction in the busy
waterway in more than 2 years.
2007 Aug 13, AkzoNobel, a Dutch
chemicals group under Hans Wijers, made a cash offer for the British
firm ICI (Imperial Chemical Industries) under John McAdam for $16
billion. The deal turned Akzo into the world’s biggest maker of
2007 Aug 13, A monsoon storm
unleashed landslides and collapsed houses in a village in Pakistan's
mountainous northwest, killing 22 people.
2007 Aug 13, Hamas militiamen
beat protesters with clubs and rifle butts to try to stop a
demonstration by political opponents in the Gaza Strip, but hundreds
chanting "We want freedom" defied the ban.
2007 Aug 13, Poland's fractious
governing coalition came to an end when the country's president
dismissed four Cabinet ministers from two junior partners, clearing
the way for an early election expected this fall.
2007 Aug 13, A bomb explosion
threw the Neva Express train, which was en route from Moscow to St.
Petersburg, off the tracks and injuring 60 people. Suspicion fell on
representatives of extremist nationalist organizations.
(AP, 8/14/07)(AP, 8/15/07)
2007 Aug 13, In South Korea a
family of five fell to their deaths from a Ferris wheel after two
cars collided at an amusement park in the southern city of Busan.
2007 Aug 13, In central Vietnam
the death toll from a tropical storm that caused widespread flooding
hit 70 after five more bodies were recovered, while six people were
still missing and feared dead.
2008 Aug 13, In California
prison receiver Clark Kelso asked a federal judge to seize $8
billion from the state’s treasury over the next 5 years to build 7
medical facilities for inmates throughout the state.
(SFC, 8/14/08, p.A1)
2008 Aug 13, In Little Rock,
Ark., Timothy Dale Johnson (50), described as a loner, drove more
than 30 miles to Arkansas' Democratic Party headquarters and fatally
shot its chairman, Bill Gwatney, hours after losing his job. Johnson
was later shot dead by officers.
2008 Aug 13, Michael Phelps
swam into history as the winningest Olympic athlete ever with his
10th and 11th career gold medals, and 5 world records in 5 events at
the Beijing Games.
2008 Aug 13, It was reported
that at least 150 fuel tanks, managed by the US Federal Emergency
management Agency (FEMA), needed inspection for leaks. It was
estimated that some 500,000 fuel storage tanks, both private and
publicly owned, were leaking.
(SFC, 8/13/08, p.A4)
2008 Aug 13, It was reported
that the red lionfish, a tropical native of the Indian and Pacific
oceans, was rapidly multiplying in the Caribbean. The maroon-striped
marauder with venomous spikes was swallowing native species,
stinging divers and generally wreaking havoc on the ecologically
2008 Aug 13, Jack Weil (107),
patriarch of western clothing, died. He created the western style
shirt which sold after 1946 through his Denver-based company
Rockmount Ranch Wear.
(Econ, 8/30/08, p.82)
2008 Aug 13, Stuart Cary Welch
(b.1928), American teacher and collector of Indian and Islamic art,
died while traveling in Japan.
2008 Aug 13, In Afghanistan
militants brandishing assault rifles ambushed a US relief
organization's vehicle, killing three aid workers and their Afghan
driver and leaving their white SUV riddled with hundreds of bullets.
The three women killed in Logar province worked for the New
York-based International Rescue Committee (IRC). In southern
Afghanistan militants began launching attacks on a coalition patrol.
Over 3 dozen militants were killed in the fighting.
(AP, 8/13/08)(SFC, 8/16/08, p.A6)
2008 Aug 13, Argentine senators
approved a bill declaring obesity and other eating disorders
diseases covered by the nation's public and private health care
2008 Aug 13, Bolivia and Libya
agreed to establish diplomatic relations and join efforts to develop
the nations' energy resources.
2008 Aug 13, Scientists from
Britain’s University of Reading unveiled Gordon, a neuron-powered
machine, whose grey matter was stitched together from cultured rat
2008 Aug 13, A Chinese team
beat the United States and clinched China's first women's team
Olympic gold in gymnastics, amid allegations that at least one
member, He Kexin, of the Chinese team was under age.
2008 Aug 13, Henri Cartan
(b.1904), French mathematician, died in Paris. In 1956 he and Samuel
Eilenberg wrote a fundamental textbook on homological algebra.
(SFC, 8/25/08, p.B3)
2008 Aug 13, Russian tanks
rolled into the crossroads city of Gori then thrust deep into
Georgian territory, violating the truce designed to end the six-day
war. Georgia said that 175 Georgians had died in five days of air
and ground attacks that left homes in smoldering ruins. EU foreign
ministers agreed in principle to send monitors to supervise a
French-brokered ceasefire between Russia and Georgia in the
breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia. Finance Minister Alexei
Kudrin said Russia will spend at least $400 million in 2008 on
restoring South Ossetia's battered capital Tskhinvali.
(AP, 8/13/08)(Reuters, 8/13/08)
2008 Aug 13, The Indian army
said that it was investigating UN allegations its troops had engaged
in sexual abuse while on peacekeeping duties in the Democratic
Republic of Congo. A five-story building in a crowded residential
neighborhood of Mumbai, India's main financial city, collapsed after
monsoon rains, killing at least 20 people.
2008 Aug 13, In northwest Iran
three Kurdish separatists and one Iranian soldier were killed in a
2008 Aug 13, A suicide truck
bomber targeted the mayor of a town near the oil-rich city of
Kirkuk, while another car bomb struck civilians elsewhere in
northern Iraq. A bomb in a parked car struck a local market in the
Qayara area south of the northern city of Mosul, killing at least
two people and wounding five.
2008 Aug 13, Riots erupted
across Indian-controlled Kashmir as Muslims mourned 15 people killed
in a day of bloody violence, as the protests spread to other parts
of India. Indian police say they have issued orders to shoot
protesters defying a curfew in the town of Kishtwar in
2008 Aug 13, In northern
Lebanese city a bomb ripped through a bus during morning rush hour
in Tripoli, killing 18 soldiers and civilians, raising fears that an
al-Qaida-inspired militant group is stepping up revenge attacks
against the military.
2008 Aug 13, In Mexico a
spokesman for the Attorney General's Office said 6 federal agents
have been arrested on suspicion of passing information to a group of
powerful drug lords.
2008 Aug 13, Nigerian officials
said flocks of quelea birds have invaded farmlands in northern Borno
state, destroying crops that were due for harvest in two months'
2008 Aug 13, In Lahore,
Pakistan, a bomber struck outside a mosque just before midnight as
Pakistanis poured into the streets to celebrate the nation's 61st
anniversary of its independence from Britain. 8 people were killed
and 18 wounded.
2008 Aug 13, An alleged assault
by Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal (b.1955) reportedly took place on
a young model (20) on a yacht on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza.
An investigating magistrate on the resort island closed the case in
2010 on grounds of insufficient evidence. In 2011 Spain reopened a
rape probe after tests done by a forensic lab found semen in the
woman and traces of a sedative called nordazepam.
2008 Aug 13, South African
President Thabo Mbeki left Zimbabwe after failing to secure a
power-sharing deal between its main rivals during marathon talks,
adding to doubts over chances of an agreement.
2008 Aug 13, In Sri Lanka a
wave of battles across the front lines in the 25-year-old civil war
killed 14 ethnic Tamil rebels and two government soldiers.
2009 Aug 13, Legendary
guitarist and inventor Les Paul (94), who pioneered the design of
solid body Gibson electric guitars that bore his name, died at a New
York hospital of complications from pneumonia. Paul was born as
Lester William Polsfuss in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on June 9, 1915. He
created one of the first solid-body electric guitars in 1941, but it
took nearly 10 years before he, working with Gibson Guitar Corp.,
2009 Aug 13, Australian police
said a 20-year-old Australian man has been charged with infecting
more than 3,000 computers around the world with a virus designed to
capture banking and credit card data.
2009 Aug 13, It was reported
that millions of sockeye salmon have disappeared mysteriously from
the Fraser river on Canada's Pacific Coast. It was once known as the
world's most fertile spawning ground for sockeye. Up to 10.6 million
bright-red sockeye salmon were expected to return to spawn this
summer. The latest estimates say fewer than 1 million have returned.
The Canadian government has closed the river to commercial and
recreational sockeye fishing for the third straight year, hitting
the livelihood of nearby Indian reserves.
2009 Aug 13, In Chechnya a gun
battle between police and 2 suspected militants left the 2 militants
dead as well as 4 police officers.
(SFC, 8/15/09, p.A3)
2009 Aug 13, Chinese officials
retreated from a plan to install anti-pornography software on every
computer sold, but said Internet cafes, schools and other public
places must use the program.
(SFC, 8/14/09, p.A2)
2009 Aug 13, In Dagestan some
10 men opened fire on a police post in Buinaksk, killing 4 officers.
The gunmen then entered a sauna complex nearby and killed 7 women
(SFC, 8/15/09, p.A3)
2009 Aug 13, Ecuador’s Citizen
Participation Minister Doris Soliz called for the creation of local
citizen committees to defend the government and its "revolution,"
sparking criticism that the president aims to control opponents in a
system reminiscent of Cuba or Venezuela.
2009 Aug 13, The EU said it was
extending its sanctions on Myanmar to cover members of the judiciary
responsible for the verdict in the trial of opposition leader Aung
San Suu Kyi.
2009 Aug 13, In India thousands
of schools, colleges and cinemas shut down in Mumbai to combat the
spread of swine flu as the government struggled to contain public
2009 Aug 13, In Iran a group of
former reformist lawmakers appealed to a powerful clerical body to
investigate Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's qualification to
rule in an unprecedented challenge to the country's most powerful
man over the postelection crackdown.
2009 Aug 13, In Iraq a gunfight
erupted during an attempted bank heist in Baghdad, as a court
official announced that five members of Iraq's presidential guard
will go on trial later this month for their alleged roles in the
deadly July 28 robbery of Baghdad’s Rafidain Bank. In the northwest
city of Sinjar 2 suicide bombers blew themselves up at a popular
cafe killing 21 people and wounding 30 others.
(AP, 8/13/09)(SFC, 8/14/09, p.A2)
2009 Aug 13, In Japan a woman
(23) crashed her moped when it hit a rope that was stretched across
the road. She suffered a fractured skull after being thrown from her
bike near western Tokyo's US Yokota Air Base. Police later arrested
four children, three boys and one girl aged between 15 and 18, of US
military personnel on suspicion of attempted murder.
2009 Aug 13, In Liberia US
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hailed the country’s post-war
transition to democracy and threw support behind President Ellen
Johnson Sirleaf, who has faced calls to resign because she helped
fund a warlord.
2009 Aug 13, In Mexico state
security officials banned police from setting up sobriety
checkpoints in the northern city of Monterrey because they say the
officers routinely use them to extort motorists. Bishop Eduardo
Patino Leal was detained in the town of Huatusco, Veracruz state,
lost control of his vehicle and ran over 6 Indian street vendors,
2009 Aug 13, North Korea freed
Yu Seong-Jin (44), a South Korean worker it had detained since
March, raising hopes of better cross-border relations after 18
months of bitter hostility from the communist state.
2009 Aug 13, In northwest
Pakistan helicopter gunships pummeled the bases of Taliban commander
Hakimullah Mehsud, killing at least 12 insurgents as government
forces ratcheted up pressure on the militants following their top
leader's reported death. 2 intelligence officials said a suicide
bomber killed pro-government lashkar leader Malik Khadeen, who was
instrumental in fighting Uzbek militants operating with the Taliban
in South Waziristan. In the Bajur tribal area authorities found the
bodies of two anti-Taliban lashkar leaders near a security
checkpoint. The two lashkar commanders, Malik Sehar Gul and Malik
Jalindhar, had been kidnapped the night before.
2009 Aug 13, Scottish officials
said they were considering early release for the Lockerbie bomber,
leading to sharp debate among victims' relatives in the US and
Britain over whether he should be allowed to return home to Libya.
British media said Abdel Baset Ali al-Megrahi could soon be freed on
compassionate grounds because he is terminally ill with cancer.
2009 Aug 13, The crew of two
Egyptian fishing vessels overpowered Somali pirates after being held
hostage for four months and, with machetes and tools, killed at
least two pirates before sailing to freedom. The fight took place
near the coastal town of Las Qorey off the Gulf of Aden. The pirates
had demanded a ransom of $1.5 million.
2009 Aug 13, Taiwan deployed
thousands of extra troops as it faced growing public anger and
pressure to rescue people trapped by landslides. The confirmed death
toll from the destruction wreaked by the typhoon rose to at least
2009 Aug 13, In Venezuela
attackers injured 12 of the journalists as they passed out leaflets
warning against a new education law that critics fear could lead to
indoctrination in schools. Their fliers warned against a provision
for sanctions against reports that "produce terror" among children
or incite hate. The government condemned the violence and ordered an
2009 Aug 13, Yemeni warplanes
bombed a northern province bordering Saudi Arabia for a second
straight day, in an ongoing offensive that has brought casualties
and pushed the area close to an all-out war.
2010 Aug 13, President Barack
Obama signed a $600 million bill to put more agents and equipment
along the Mexican border. The new law nearly doubled fees on visas
for skilled workers brought in by companies whose employees are more
than 50 percent foreign, a move that largely affects India's IT and
(AP, 8/13/10)(AFP, 8/14/10)
2010 Aug 13, Pres. Obama
forcefully endorsed building a mosque near ground zero, saying the
country’s founding principles demand no less.
(SFC, 8/14/10, p.A4)
2010 Aug 13, The US Federal
Deposit Insurance Corp. took over the Palos Bank and Trust Co. based
in Palos Heights, Illinois. It was the 110th US bank to go under
(SSFC, 8/15/10, p.D3)
2010 Aug 13, Geral Rosen (71),
American novelist, died in SF. His 7 books included “Blues for a
Dying Nation" (1972) and his autobiography “Cold Eye, Warm Heart"
(SFC, 8/25/10, p.C8)
2010 Aug 13, In southern
Afghanistan a member of the international coalition died after an
insurgent attack. A British soldier was also killed by small-arms
fire in the Sangin district of Helmand province. Three small
children were killed and their mother was wounded when a civilian
house was hit by an insurgent rocket in Khost city. Two private
security guards and two militants were killed in a gunbattle in the
Karukh district of Herat province, 12 other guards were wounded in
the skirmish. 3 Afghan civilians were killed and another was wounded
by insurgents in three separate incidents in Kandahar province.
(AP, 8/13/10)(AP, 8/14/10)
2010 Aug 13, In Australia 2 men
were gunned down in a popular Melbourne bar area, shortly after the
killing of a known crime figure sparked fears of a new gang war in
the city's notorious underworld.
2010 Aug 13, A Belgian man died
from a drug-resistant "superbug" originating in South Asia, the
first reported death from the bacteria. The superbug -- a bacterial
gene called New Delhi metallo-lactamase-1 (NDM-1) -- was first
identified last year in a Swedish patient admitted to hospital in
2010 Aug 13, The Bosnia's war
crimes court confirmed charges of genocide for 4 former Bosnian Serb
army soldiers over the killing of at least 800 Bosnian Muslims from
Srebrenica in July, 1995. Franc Kos, Stanko Kojic, Vlastimir Golijan
and Zoran Goronja all served with the Bosnian Serb army's 10th
(Reuters, 8/13/10)(AP, 8/13/10)
2010 Aug 13, In western Canada
at least 450 Sri Lankan asylum seekers, on board the MV Sun Sea
cargo ship, arrived at a naval base escorted by a naval frigate and
(Reuters, 8/13/10)(AP, 8/15/10)
2010 Aug 13, In northwest China
new landslides killed 24 people and left 24 missing in Gansu
province as downpours threatened more devastation and made rescue
work nearly impossible in a region where more than 1,100 people have
2010 Aug 13, In Egypt a
gunbattle between Eritrean migrants and Bedouin traffickers
demanding more money to take them to Israel left at least four
people in the Sinai Desert. 2 others were shot dead by Egyptian
police barring them from illegally crossing the border. A woman died
of her injuries on Aug 15. Police later said as many as 10 migrants
were killed and that dozens more could be lost in the desert.
(AP, 8/14/10)(Reuters, 8/15/10)(AP, 8/15/10)
2010 Aug 13, Guatemalan police
arrested the former head of the national prison system, accusing him
of orchestrating the executions of seven prisoners during a 2006
government raid on an infamous jail. Alejandro Giammattei, in charge
of penitentiaries during the previous administration of President
Oscar Berger, turned himself over to authorities after trying to
seek asylum in the Honduran Embassy this week.
2010 Aug 13, In Iran PJAK
Kurdish rebels killed a commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards
and two Islamist militiamen in clashes near northwestern Orumieh
2010 Aug 13, In Kashmir tens of
thousands staged angry street demonstrations after government forces
killed four people and injured 31 others during the latest unrest
against Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan region.
2010 Aug 13, In Sri Lanka a
military court convicted former Sri Lankan army chief and
presidential candidate Gen. Sarath Fonseka of involvement in
politics while in service and stripped him of his rank and military
2010 Aug 13, Turkish officials
said police have raided a house used by people suspected of digging
illegally for antiquities and discovered two tunnels leading to an
underground tomb that housed an ancient marble coffin and frescoes.
The tomb was believed to be that of Hecatomnus, satrap of Caria
2011 Aug 13, In the Iowa
Republican straw poll Minnesota congresswoman Michelle Bachmann won
with 4,823 votes, Texas Rep. Ron Paul got 4,671. Former Minnesota
Gov. Rick Pawlenty received 2,293. His 3rd place finish led him to
drop out of the race.
2011 Aug 13, In Indiana a wind
gust toppled a stage at the state fair in Indianapolis killing 5
people and injuring dozens of fans waiting for the country band
Sugarland to perform. A 6th person died of her injuries on Aug 19.
The death toll reached 7 people in the disaster with 58 injured. A
government in 2012 blamed fair officials, a stagehands union and a
company that built the roof and lights rigging for the stage
(SFC, 8/15/11, p.A4)(SFC, 8/20/11, p.A6)(SFC,
2011 Aug 13, Ctirad Masin (81),
a controversial anti-communist fighter in the former nation of
Czechoslovakia, died in Cleveland, Ohio. He had eluded a massive
East Bloc manhunt during the Cold War.
2011 Aug 13, In Afghanistan a
minivan struck a roadside bomb in the Gereshk district of Helmand
province, killing five civilians. 2 policemen and 4 insurgents were
reported killed in shootout in Herat province.
2011 Aug 13, Angolan
authorities barred activists from entering the country ahead of the
annual Southern African Development Community summit that opens Aug
2011 Aug 13, In Cuba a gay man
and a woman whose sex-change operation was paid for by the state
were married in Havana.
(SSFC, 8/14/11, p.A5)
2011 Aug 13, The Czech
Republic’s first gay pride parade was held in Prague under strong
police guard as some 3,000 gays and lesbians marched through the
(SSFC, 8/14/11, p.A5)
2011 Aug 13, Egypt's largest
political group, the Muslim Brotherhood, warned the country's
military rulers not to interfere in the writing of a new
2011 Aug 13, In India suspected
rebels fired guns at motorists on a highway in the
insurgency-wracked northeast, killing one person and wounding five
others in Assam state.
2011 Aug 13, In Iraq bombings
and shootings, including an attack near cafes and ice cream shops,
killed five Iraqis and wounded 14 in Baghdad and Al-Baghdadi, Anbar
2011 Aug 13, Israel’s military
magazine Ba'mahaneh reported that the army is planting new land
mines along its border with Syria in an attempt to dissuade
protesters from rushing into the Golan Heights. Tens of thousands of
Israelis poured into streets across the country for a fourth
consecutive week, expanding their protest movement against the
nation's high cost of living from major central cities to smaller
ones in outlying areas.
2011 Aug 13, Jordan's Popular
Democratic Unity party said at least 8 of its members were wounded
in the southern city of Karak during a protest demanding government
2011 Aug 13, In Lebanon 4
Lebanese and one Sudanese citizen broke out of the heavily-guarded
Roumieh prison east of Beirut. The Lebanese were members of the
al-Qaida-inspired Fatah Islam group.
2011 Aug 13, Libya's rebels
fought with regime troops for control of Gharyan, a key mountain
town that is a strategic gateway on the road to Tripoli.
2011 Aug 13, In Acapulco,
Mexico, the body of a man who had been beaten in several places was
found half-buried in the ground wrapped in a bedspread, while two
men who had been shot were found in a graveyard.
2011 Aug 13, Northern Ireland
police came under attack from Irish Catholic rioters in the British
territory's second-largest city of Londonderry but reported no
serious injuries. Several hours of violence followed a peaceful
parade through the medieval walled center of Londonderry by about
12,000 members of the Apprentice Boys of Derry.
2011 Aug 13, In Pakistan gunmen
abducted Warren Weinstein, an American development expert, after
breaking into his house in Lahore. The unusually brazen raid
illustrated the threat to foreigners in this militancy-wracked
country. By Aug 24 three arrests were made after officers tracked
cell phone numbers. On Dec 2 Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri
acknowledged that the terror group was holding Weinstein.
(AP, 8/13/11)(AP, 8/24/11)(AFP, 12/2/11)
2011 Aug 13, Ihab Ghussein, a
spokesman for Gaza's Hamas rulers, said foreigners must now obtain
visas to enter the Gaza Strip.
2011 Aug 13, Fashion designer
Jesus del Pozo (65), one of Spain's most influential style
modernizers, died. Del Pozo opened his first outlet in Madrid in
1974, making him a contemporary of Antonio Miro and Adolfo
Dominguez. His first collection was unveiled in 1976.
2011 Aug 13, Syrian tanks
fanned out across a neighborhood in the coastal city of Latakia amid
intense shooting that sent many resident fleeing to safer areas.
Scores of security agents and pro-government gunmen, known as
Shabiha, entered the town of Qusair near the border with Lebanon and
several nearby villages, arresting scores of residents. At least two
people were killed after 20 tanks and armored personnel carriers
rolled into Latakia’s al-Ramel district.
(AP, 8/13/11)(AP, 8/14/11)
2011 Aug 13, In Venezuela a
light plane landed on a coastal road in Falcon state with 1.4 tons
of cocaine. A shootout followed between state police and national
detectives (CICPC). The plane had taken off from a military airport
in Caracas. 2 people were killed.
2012 Aug 13, US Interior Sec.
Ken Salazar announced the first comprehensive plan to manage the
national petroleum reserve in Alaska, allowing new drilling on half
of the nearly 23-million-acre reserve, while putting the rest off
(SFC, 8/14/12, p.A4)
2012 Aug 13, In Texas Thomas A.
Caffall III (35), a man facing eviction, opened fire on police
officers and bystanders near the Texas A&M University campus,
killing two and wounding four before being shot to death by police.
Constable Brian Bachmann was shot dead while trying to serve a court
(AP, 8/13/12)(SSFC, 8/19/12, p.A12)
2012 Aug 13, Google said it
will cut some 4,000 jobs at its Motorola Mobility Holdings unit,
which it bought just months ago for some $12.5 billion.
(SFC, 8/14/12, p.D1)
2012 Aug 13, Helen Gurley Brown
(b.1922), former editor in chief Cosmopolitan magazines’ 64 int’l.
editions, died in NYC. She authored the bestseller “Sex and the
Single Girl" (1962).
(SFC, 8/14/12, p.A5)
2012 Aug 13, In Afghanistan a
remote-controlled roadside bomb exploded killing 5 people, including
provincial peace councilor Mohammad Hashim and Abdul Aziz, the mayor
of Ishkamesh district, Takhar province. Insurgent gunmen also
attacked the convoy of the same district's police chief and chief
administrator, sparking a battle on the road. 2 Taliban gunmen were
killed in the fighting and another was captured. An Afghan policeman
opened fire on NATO forces and Afghan soldiers in Nangarhar province
in the fifth attack reported in a week by Afghan security forces on
their international partners. No coalition service members were
killed. At least one Afghan intelligence agent was wounded and the
2012 Aug 13, Australia's PM
Gillard announced a sharp reversal in her government's policy on
asylum seekers, saying it will introduce legislation allowing their
deportation to the poor Pacific nations of Papua New Guinea and
Nauru to face lengthy stays in detention camps.
2012 Aug 13, The Olympic flag
touched down on Brazilian soil, marking the start of four years of
preparations ahead of the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.
2012 Aug 13, British energy
group BP said that it has agreed to sell its Carson refinery in
California to US peer Tesoro Corporation for $2.5 billion (2.02
billion euros) as part of its ongoing restructuring. BP also said
that Eagle Rock Energy Partners is paying $227.5 million in cash for
the Sunray and Hemphill gas processing plants in Texas.
2012 Aug 13, In far west China
a Kirti monk named Lungtok and another man, identified as Tashi, set
themselves alight in Sichuan province's Aba prefecture. Police beat
a Tibetan man to death during a clash that broke out after the two
Tibetans set themselves on fire.
2012 Aug 13, CongoDRC’s sports
ministry said a judoka and three coaches from its Olympic delegation
have gone missing after leaving the Athletes' Village at the London
2012 Aug 13, In northeast
CongoDRC a landslide at a gold mine in remote Pangoyi left at least
60 people dead.
2012 Aug 13, In northern France
months of tension between police and young people exploded in
Amiens, with dozens of youths facing off against riot officers in a
night of violence. Some 17 officers were injured after more than 200
riot police were stationed to the area.
(AP, 8/14/12)(AP, 8/15/12)
2012 Aug 13, Germany’s Munich
Re, the world's largest reinsurer, said it has acquired three wind
parks in Britain as part of a 2.5-billion-euro ($3.0-billion)
investment in renewable energies.
2012 Aug 13, In Hong Kong HSBC
won a legal bid to clear out anti-capitalist protesters from a
public space below the bank's Asian headquarters in the southern
Chinese financial center. A judge ruled that the activists must
leave by 9 p.m. on Aug 27.
2012 Aug 13, A government
spokesman says Iraq has asked French oil giant Total S.A. to choose
between working with the self-ruled northern Kurdish region or to
quit developing one of the major oil fields in southern Iraq.
2012 Aug 13, Dutch sailors
taking part in NATO's pirate-busting operation Ocean Shield helped
rescue the crew of a Somali dhow hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of
2012 Aug 13, In south-eastern
Senegal police fired teargas at stone-throwing demonstrators,
injuring one person as protests erupted over the death of a
deaf-mute youth in police custody.
2012 Aug 13, In Spain 2
firefighters died over the last 24 hours from injuries sustained in
battling a wildfire in the eastern province of Alicante, while
hundreds were evacuated by boat to escape a fire raging on the
Canary Island of La Gomera.
2012 Aug 13, Julius Baer Group,
a Swiss private banking group, said it has agreed to pay 860 million
francs ($879 million) to buy Bank of America Corp.'s Merrill Lynch
wealth management operations outside the United States.
2012 Aug 13, Syria's top
representative at the UN Human Rights Council said he has defected.
Activists released a video which they claim shows a government
Soviet-made MiG warplane catching fire apparently after it was hit
by ground fire over the eastern province of Deir el-Zour. State-run
media said the pilot ejected from the warplane after technical
failure. Regime forces bombarded rebel strongholds around Damascus
and launched a mass raid in the historic heart of the capital. The
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 160 people were killed
nationwide. Gunmen abducted the correspondent of Iran's
Arabic-language TV al-Alam in the central city of Homs.
(AP, 8/13/12)(AFP, 8/13/12)(AP, 8/14/12)
2012 Aug 13, A Syrian rebel
group kidnapped Hassan al-Muqdad, accusing him of being a sniper and
a member of Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah. American
freelance journalist Austin Tice (31), a former US
Marine, disappeared in Syria.
(AFP, 8/15/12)(AP, 11/12/12)
2012 Aug 13, Abdallah Kombo,
the director of the Zanzibar Maritime Authority (ZMA), said it was
"cheated" by its Dubai-based agent Philtex Corporation, which is
alleged to have reflagged the Iranian vessels. Maritime Transport
Minister Rashid Suleiman Seif said The government in Zanzibar, a
semi-autonomous part of Tanzania, will deregister Iranian oil
tankers flying its flag to dodge sanctions.
2012 Aug 13, A Vatican judge
ordered Paolo Gabriele (45), the pope's butler, and fellow lay
employee Claudio Sciarpelletti (48) to stand trial for allegedly
pilfering documents from Pope Benedict XVI's private apartment. The
scandal has embarrassed the Vatican and exposed infighting and
alleged corruption at the highest levels.
2012 Aug 13, Zambia's main
opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema, was arrested and charged with
publishing false information after he claimed on June 11 that ruling
party youth were being trained by Sudanese militia.
2013 Aug 13, A US federal
appeals court ruled that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been
violating federal law by delaying a decision on a proposed nuclear
waste dump in Nevada.
(SFC, 8/14/13, p.A6)
2013 Aug 13, The US Justice
Dept. filed suit to stop a $14 billion union of American Airlines
and US Airways.
(SFC, 8/14/13, p.C1)
2013 Aug 13, In Louisiana Fuaed
Abdo Ahmed (20) shot two hostages, killing one, at a rural bank
before police shot him dead after an hours long standoff.
(SFC, 8/14/13, p.A6)
2013 Aug 13, Croatian farmers
said they would press protests to demand the government pay them 600
million kuna ($105.83 million) in lost subsidies, cut in a budget
crunch to meet deficit targets set by the EU. Finance Minister
Slavko Linic said Croatia had to rein in spending. He said country's
public debt is at 190 billion kuna, 60% of GDP.
2013 Aug 13, The Czech cabinet,
dominated by allies of leftist President Milos Zeman resigned, after
losing a confidence vote last week, clearing the way for early
elections that could resolve a political deadlock. Zeman accepted
the resignation and said PM Jiri Rusnok, an economist, would stay on
in a caretaker capacity.
2013 Aug 13, Egypt’s interim
president swore in 20 new provincial governors. This meant the
official removal of 10 Brotherhood governors appointed under Morsi.
(SFC, 8/14/13, p.A2)
2013 Aug 13, Greek student
Thanassis Kanaoutis (19) died after an argument with a bus ticket
inspector in Athens. He quickly came to symbolize the plight of a
population ground down by worsening poverty and unemployment.
2013 Aug 13, In India some
weapons detonated accidentally on a submarine and fire swept through
it. 18 sailors were on board the 16-year-old Russian-built INS
Sindhurakshak. It was docked at the main naval base in Mumbai when
two blasts rocked the vessel late just before midnight.
2013 Aug 13, Indonesia's
anti-graft agency arrested Rudi Rubiandini the head of energy
regulator SKKMigas to probe allegations he took more than half a
million dollars from an oil firm. Pres. Yudhoyono suspended him the
(Reuters, 8/14/13)(Econ, 8/24/13, p.38)
2013 Aug 13, In Iraq 2
policemen were killed as they were trying to defuse a car bomb left
on the road near Kirkuk. A mosque bombing in the town of Madain
killed 5 people and left 13 wounded.
2013 Aug 13, A bomb attack
stopped oil flows through the Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline linking Iraq to
2013 Aug 13, The Israeli
military shot down a rocket launched toward a Red Sea resort town
near the border with Egypt. It was the first time Israel's Iron Dome
missile defense system successfully intercepted a rocket attack on
the resort of Eilat.
2013 Aug 13, In Libya members
of the ethnic Berber minority forced their way into the parliament
building in Tripoli, smashing windows and destroying furniture, in a
demonstration to press for greater recognition.
2013 Aug 13, In Pakistan a pair
of hand grenade attacks on minority Ismaili prayer houses in Karachi
killed two people and wounded 30 others.
2013 Aug 13, Palestine’s PM
Rami Hamdallah accepted a request by Pres. Abbas to remain on the
job, weeks after announcing his resignation.
2013 Aug 13, In Romania a trial
opened on artwork stolen last october in the Netherlands. Lawyers
for the defendents said the paintings have not been burned and that
the gang responsible would like to cut a deal so the artwork can be
(SFC, 8/1411/13, p.A2)
2013 Aug 13, Syrian President
Bashar Assad's forces killed at least 18 rebels in overnight clashes
near the country's main north-south highway near Morek in Hama
2013 Aug 13, Zimbabwe's
longtime Pres. Robert Mugabe said his party won "a resounding
mandate" from voters to complete a sweeping black empowerment
program to take over foreign and white-owned assets.
2013 Aug 13, Yemen’s military
said Al-Qaida militants have killed 3 soldiers in the southwest
during what the military said was an attempt to capture Hawtah, the
capital of Lahj province.
2014 Aug 13, Missouri police
responded about an hour after midnight to reports of four or five
men with shotguns and wearing ski masks. They encountered multiple
suspects running, one of whom pulled a gun on an officer, who shot
and critically wounded the man in Ferguson near the site of protests
over the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
2014 Aug 13, Former Oklahoma
doctor William Valuck (71) pleaded guilty to 8 counts of 2nd-degree
murder in connection with the drug overdose deaths of several
patients. The plea deal called for eight years in prison.
(SFC, 8/14/14, p.A7)
2014 Aug 13, A fire aboard the
Pine Galaxy chemical tanker left one crewman dead and the ship
adrift off the ocast of Oregon. 21 crew members from China and South
Korea remained onboard.
(SFC, 8/19/14, p.A6)
2014 Aug 13, In Brazil
socialist politician and presidential candidate Eduardo Campos (49)
and six other people were killed when their small plane crashed near
Santos, ahead of the Oct. 4 presidential election. Running mate
Marina Silva soon replaced Campos on the PSB ticket.
(AP, 8/14/14)(SFC, 8/19/14, p.A2)
2014 Aug 13, France said it
would start supplying arms to the Kurdish forces fighting Sunni
extremists from the Islamic State group.
2014 Aug 13, Guinea declared a
public health emergency over an Ebola epidemic that has killed more
than 1,000 people in three West African states and is sending health
workers to all affected border points.
2014 Aug 13, In Iraq suicide
bomber attacks a checkpoint near the home of the new Prime Minister
in Baghdad, causing severe damage. PM Maliki continued to defy
international pressure to step aside, declaring that it would take a
federal court ruling for him to quit.
(Reuters, 8/13/14)(AFP, 8/13/14)
2014 Aug 13, In Iraq thousands
more Yazidis poured across a bridge into camps in the autonomous
Kurdish region after trekking from Mount Sinjar, most with nothing
but the clothes they wore. A US assessment team found the
humanitarian situation for the Yazidis on Mount Sinjar not as grave
as expected. Roughly 4,500 people remained atop Sinjar Mountain.
Nearly half were herders who lived there before the siege and have
no interest in being evacuated.
(AP, 8/13/14)(Reuters, 8/14/14)(AP, 8/14/14)
2014 Aug 13, Jordan's King
Abdullah II ordered the activation of a Defense Ministry to support
the military, which is under increasing pressure from the wars in
neighboring Syria and Iraq as well as a massive influx of Syrian
2014 Aug 13, Israeli ordnance
exploded in Gaza, killing 5 people including Italian journalist
Simone Camilli and his Palestinian translator Ali Shehda Abu Afash,
as bomb experts tried to disable a missile on the last day of a
72-hour truce. Israel and Hamas agreed to extend a temporary
cease-fire for five days.
(AFP, 8/13/14)(SFC, 8/14/14, p.A6)
2014 Aug 13, Libya's newly
elected parliament asked the UN for an "international intervention"
as militia violence raged across the country.
2014 Aug 13, Pakistan dismissed
as "baseless rhetoric" claims by Indian PM Narendra Modi that it was
waging a "proxy war" in disputed Kashmir.
2014 Aug 13, In Pakistan
thousands of riot police sealed off Islamabad with barbed wire and
shipping containers on the eve of the country's Independence Day, in
a bid to foil mass protests aimed at toppling embattled PM Nawaz
2014 Aug 13, In Puerto Rico 2
men died and two others were injured in a drive-by shooting in the
2014 Aug 13, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said Islamic State insurgents have
seized several towns and villages from rival Islamist groups in
Aleppo province. The Observatory also reported two more crucifixions
by Islamic State in Deir al-Zor overnight.
2014 Aug 13, In eastern Ukraine
12 nationalist fighters, battling a pro-Russian insurgency, were
killed early today and an unknown number taken captive when rebels
ambushed their bus. More than 100 Russian soldiers were killed near
the town of Snizhnye, Donetsk Province, while helping pro-Russian
separatists fight Ukrainian troops.
(Reuters, 8/13/14)(Reuters, 8/28/14)
2014 Aug 13, A Russian convoy
of nearly 300 trucks, carrying what Russia says is humanitarian aid
for victims of fighting in eastern Ukraine, moved slowly towards the
border despite concerns by Kiev and the West over the shipment. The
UN said the death toll in fighting in eastern Ukraine had doubled in
the last two weeks to over 2,000. Ukraine said it could allow
Russian aid to enter the country after it was inspected by Ukrainian
border guards and foreign monitors.
(Reuters, 8/13/14)(AFP, 8/13/14)(AFP, 8/14/14)
2014 Aug 13, At the Int’l.
Congress of mathematicians in South Korea, Stanford Prof. Maryam
Mirzakhani, an Iranian-born mathematician, became the first woman to
be awarded the Fields Medal for her work in understanding the
mathematical symmetry of curved surfaces and saddle-shaped spaces.
(SFC, 8/14/14, p.D1)
2014 Aug 13, The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights said Islamic State insurgents have
seized eight towns and villages from rival Islamist groups in Aleppo
province. The fighting left 52 people dead. The Observatory also
reported two more crucifixions by Islamic State in Deir al-Zor
(Reuters, 8/13/14)(AFP, 8/13/14)
2014 Aug 13, In south Yemen a
bomb, planted near a prison by presumed Al-Qaeda militants, exploded
killing 10 civilians and 3 army technicians in the Tibn area of
2015 Aug 13, Connecticut’s
Supreme Court spared the lived of all eleven men remaining on death
row. The state’s death penalty had been abolished in 2012.
(SFC, 8/14/15, p.A6)
2015 Aug 13, In New York a jury
acquitted Charles "Teddy" Pierre in the deaths of Clara Sconiers and
Thomas Reed. The Trinidad-born man had served 13 years in prison for
a 2002 double homicide. He still faced a possible deportation.
2015 Aug 13, A Pennsylvania
judge, citing new DNA evidence, vacated the murder conviction of
Lewis Fogle (63), who has been in prison for 34 years in the
shooting death of a girl (15).
(SFC, 8/14/15, p.A6)
2015 Aug 13, Tesla Motors Inc
CEO Elon Musk said he will invest $20 million as part of the
company's $500 million stock offering in a show of confidence at a
time when the electric car maker is burning through cash.
2015 Aug 13, A high-level
Afghan delegation arrived in Pakistan to discuss security
cooperation and peace efforts.
2015 Aug 13, Al Qaeda leader
Ayman al-Zawahiri, in an online audio message, pledged allegiance to
Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour, the new head of the Afghan Taliban,
in a move that could bolster his accession after the death of
Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar.
2015 Aug 13, Australia’s Sidney
Morning Herald reported that the Islamic State has hacked the
personal information of Defense Force employees and their relatives,
New South Wales health employees and several other public servants.
It said the IS has bragged of gathering the names of some 1,400
people, most of whom are supposedly US military personnel.
(SSFC, 8/16/15, p.A4)
2015 Aug 13, In Azerbaijan a
court in Baku sentenced Leyla Yunus, a prominent rights defender, to
8½ years in prison on charges of fraud, tax evasion and illegal
business activities. Her husband Arif Yunus was given a 7-year
sentence on fraud charges, and the court also confiscated the
2015 Aug 13, In Brazil at least
17 people were shot to death within the span of about three hours in
the suburbs of Sao Paulo. Police soon began investigating whether
the string of murders were a coordinated act of revenge by off-duty
officers following the nearby deaths of two colleagues.
(AP, 8/14/15)(Reuters, 8/15/15)
2015 Aug 13, Britain said it
would make a formal protest to Ecuador over its decision to provide
asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in its London embassy and
so prevent his extradition to Sweden over alleged sex crimes.
2015 Aug 13, Burundi's ruling
party termed the controversial re-election of President Pierre
Nkurunziza (51) a "divine miracle", as the opposition accused him of
declaring war by clinging to power. Meanwhile violence continued
unabated with at least 3 people killed in the last 24 hours.
2015 Aug 13, In Beijing a man
slashed a Chinese woman to death and injured her French companion in
one of the city’s busiest shopping districts in broad daylight. The
man (25), family name Gao, was arrested.
2015 Aug 13, Egypt's health
minister said 17 more people have died due to an "unprecedented"
heat wave, raising this week's death toll to 76.
2015 Aug 13, In Egypt police
Lieutenant Colonel Amr Farouk was sentenced to a reduced five years
in jail in a re-trial over the deaths of 37 Islamist prisoners being
transported to jail in an overcrowded van in August, 2013. Three
other officers again received suspended terms.
2015 Aug 13, In Iraq a truck
bomb ripped through the popular Jameela market in a predominantly
Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad’s Sadr City early today, killing at
least 67 people. The IS group claimed responsibility.
2015 Aug 13, In Israel a tent
was torched and Hebrew-language graffiti was sprayed at a
Palestinian Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank in what
residents and an NGO said was a suspected attack by Jewish
2015 Aug 13, President Anote
Tong of the low-lying Pacific island nation of Kiribati called for a
global moratorium on new coal mines to slow global warming and a
creeping rise in world sea levels.
2015 Aug 13, In central Libya
at least 17 people were killed in heavy clashes between Islamic
State fighters and a rival Islamist group in the Islamic State-held
city of Sirte. Earlier this week a Salafist Muslim group and armed
residents attacked IS fighters in Sirte. Residents said around 15
local fighters and two IS commanders were killed.
2015 Aug 13, In Mexico five
gunmen burst into a bar early today and killed Jose Marquez
Balderas, a reputed local boss of the Zetas drug gang, journalist
Juan Santos Cabrera and 4 other people in the coast state of
2015 Aug 13, Myanmar's
military-backed ruling party announced the ouster of Shwe Mann, its
politically popular chairman, hours after security forces seized the
party headquarters, preventing some members from leaving. Shwe Mann
was seen as a leading candidate for the presidency in upcoming Nov 8
2015 Aug 13, Nigeria's
President Muhammadu Buhari swore in a new set of military chiefs,
ordering them to end Boko Haram's bloody six-year Islamist
insurgency within three months.
2015 Aug 13, Pakistan's army
announced the death penalty for six militants linked to the Dec 16,
2014, assault on a school in Peshawar that killed 151 people, mainly
students. The army also announced it would execute another man for
carrying out an attack on soldiers in the city of Karachi in March
that killed three.
2015 Aug 13, Romanian education
authorities were reported investigating some 400 cases in which
students are suspected of getting into high schools without having
the necessary grades.
2015 Aug 13, Russia's foreign
minister hosted a delegation of the main Syrian opposition group,
part of the Kremlin's new push for a mediation role in the Syrian
2015 Aug 13, Russia broadened a
food embargo imposed in retaliation for Western sanctions over
Ukraine to include Iceland, a significant fish importer, as well as
Montenegro, Albania and Liechtenstein.
2015 Aug 13, Sergio Morate
(29), wanted by Spain for murdering his girlfriend and another
woman, was detained in the western city of Lugoj, Romania. A
Romanian court ruled the next day that he can be extradited to his
home country to face charges.
2015 Aug 13, Swedish
prosecutors dropped a sexual assault probe against Julian Assange
after the time limit on the case expired but the Wikileaks founder,
who still faces a rape claim, voiced disappointment.
2015 Aug 13, In Syria rockets
hit several districts in Latakia, a stronghold of Pres. Bashar
Assad, killing 2 civilians and wounding 13. A two-day cease-fire
between Hezbollah fighters and rebel groups in Zabadani, as well as
in Foua and Kfarya, two Shiite villages in Idlib province, was
extended for another 48 hours.
2015 Aug 13, Thailand's
military-installed interim PM Prayuth Chan-ocha defended a new law
that places tight restrictions on public gatherings and warned it
will be strictly enforced as the Public Assembly Act took effect.
2015 Aug 13, In Turkey efforts
PM Ahmet Davutoglu to forge a coalition alliance with the country's
pro-secular party failed, edging the country closer toward new
2015 Aug 13, In Yemen mortar
rounds fired by Shiite Houthi rebels killed 6 civilians in the
central city of Taiz.
2016 Aug 13, In northern
California the Clayton wildfire broke out in Lake County.
2016 Aug 13, Torrential
downpours in parts of Louisiana left at least 3 people dead.
2016 Aug 13, In NYC Imam
Maulama Akonjee (55) and friend Thara Uddin (64) were shot and
killed as they left afternoon prayers at the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid
mosque in Queens. Police the next day released a sketch of the
suspect: a dark-haired, bearded man wearing glasses and soon
arrested Oscar Morel (35), a Brooklyn man, following a hit and run
near the crie scene. On August 15 Morel was charged with two counts
of murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
(AP, 8/14/16)(AFP, 8/16/16)
2016 Aug 13, Milwaukee police
shot and killed Sylville Smith (23) after he failed to drop a gun.
An angry crowd of at least 200 people took to the streets, torching
at least six businesses, including a gas station and auto parts
store. Looting continued into the next night as police in riot gear
moved in on the Sherman Park neighborhood. On Dec 15 police Officer
Dominique Heaggan-Brown, who is also black, was charged with murder.
(AFP, 8/15/16)(SFC, 12/16/16, p.A10)
2016 Aug 13, In Afghanistan at
least 9 policemen were killed late today in Taliban attacks on
checkpoints in the northern Afghan province of Baghlan, while
another two were killed in the east. 5 insurgents were killed and
three wounded in the ensuing gun battles.
2016 Aug 13, In eastern Congo
DRC at least 36 people were killed late today in a massacre by
suspected rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), near Beni,
North Kivu province, an area that has been shaken by violence since
2016 Aug 13, Authorities in
Indian-controlled Kashmir extended a strict curfew to most parts of
the restive region as separatist leaders called for weekend protests
against Indian rule.
2016 Aug 13, Mothers in east
Mexico searching for missing loved ones said they have found a total
of 28 clandestine gravesites since August 1 with remains of some 40
bodies in the gang-ravaged state of Veracruz.
2016 Aug 13, In Peru more than
50,000 people marched in Lima and eight other cities to protest
violence against woman and what they say is the indifference of the
2016 Aug 13, The Philippines
restarted peace talks with the country's largest Muslim rebel group,
the first under President Rodrigo Duterte aimed at ending decades of
violence that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.
2016 Aug 13, Singapore exploded
in celebration after homegrown swimming hero Joseph Schooling beat
US legend Michael Phelps in the 100m butterfly in Rio to win the
tiny republic's first ever Olympic gold.
2016 Aug 13, In South Korea
prosecutors indicted the former chief executive of the South Korean
unit of Swss-based Novartis and five other former and current
managers over allegations they illegally paid doctors 2.6 billion
won ($2.3 million) in return for prescribing the company's drugs.
2016 Aug 13, Fighting flared in
South Sudan late today southwest of the capital between forces loyal
to the president and those backing the opposition, after clashes
last month raised fears of a slide back into civil war.
(Reuters, 8/14/16) (AP,
2016 Aug 13, In Switzerland a
Swiss national man carried out a stabbing and arson attack on a
Swiss train, injuring six others. The attacker and one of the
victims soon died of their injuries.
2016 Aug 13, In northern Syria
US-backed forces seized full control of Manbij near the Turkish
border after the last remaining Islamic State fighters, who had been
using civilians as human shields, left. Clashes and airstrikes
continued across Aleppo province, resulting in at least 49 civilian
deaths. Within ten days of the liberation of Manbij booby traps and
mines planted by retreating jihadists killed 29 people.
(Reuters, 8/13/16)(AP, 8/14/16)(Econ, 4/1/17,
2016 Aug 13, Thousands of
Venezuelans were welcomed to Colombia by a military band early today
as the two countries' borders were officially reopened after being
closed by Venezuela a year ago.
2016 Aug 13, In Yemen 10
children were killed in coalition air raids on a school in Haydan, a
town in rebel-held Saada province. The coalition said the next day
it had bombed a camp at which Iran-backed rebels train underage
2017 Aug 13, Police in Texas
acting on a tip found 17 immigrants locked inside a tractor-trailer
parked at a gas station about 20 miles (30 km) from Mexican border.
2017 Aug 13, In southeastern
Wisconsin three men from Illinois, believed to be gang members, were
shot to death at close range during a drag racing event at the Great
Lakes Dragaway in the town of Paris.
(SFC, 8/1517, p.A5)
2017 Aug 13, In Burkina Faso
suspected Islamic extremists opened fire at a Turkish restaurant in
Ouagadougou late today, killing at least 18 people in the second
such attack on a restaurant popular with foreigners in the last two
years. Security forces neutralized two terrorists.
2017 Aug 13, In Egypt two
suspected militants were killed in an exchange of fire with the
police in a province outside the capital Cairo.
2017 Aug 13, In India two
packed buses were swept into a gorge overnight by a landslide so
powerful it destroyed an entire stretch of highway in Himachal
Pradesh state. 17 bodies were recovered from the site, but dozens
2017 Aug 13, Iran's parliament
voted unanimously to increase spending on its ballistic missile
program and the foreign operations of its paramilitary Revolutionary
Guard, part of a sanctions bill mirroring a new US law targeting the
2017 Aug 13, Iran's parliament
passed a long-awaited amendment to its drug trafficking laws,
raising the thresholds that can trigger capital punishment and
potentially saving the lives of many on death row.
2017 Aug 13, In northern Iraq
two American soldiers were killed during combat operations, but
their deaths were not caused by enemy contact.
(SFC, 8/14/17, p.A2)
2017 Aug 13, The Italian
government welcomed Libya's decision to bar foreign vessels from a
stretch of water off its coast. Libya's navy last week ordered
foreign vessels to stay out of a coastal "search and rescue zone"
for migrants headed for Europe, saying the measure was aimed at
non-governmental organizations it accuses of facilitating illegal
2017 Aug 13, In south Kashmir
two Indian soldiers and three militants were killed in a 12-hour
overnight gunfight in the Shopian district.
2017 Aug 13, Kenyan opposition
leader Raila Odinga called for a strike to support his claim to the
presidency and accused the ruling party of "spilling the blood of
innocent people", despite growing pressure on him to concede
election defeat. 24 people have been killed since the election.
(Reuters, 8/13/17)(AP, 8/13/17)
2017 Aug 13, Kuwait said it
will finish cleaning up a crude oil spill in its southern waters
near the Ras al-Zour area this week. The spill began days ago and
activists informed authorities about it on August 10. Kuwaiti media
quoted local oil experts as saying the spill originated from an old
50-km (31-mile) pipeline from Al-Khafji. On August 16 an analysis of
satellite imagery by a US-based nonprofit organization suggested at
least 34,000 gallons of oil have leaked out during a spill off the
coast of Kuwait.
(Reuters, 8/13/17)(AFP, 8/13/17)(AP, 8/16/17)
2017 Aug 13, Libya's former
prime minister Ali Zeidan (Zidan) was kidnapped by an armed group in
war-torn Tripoli. The gunmen were from the GNA-linked Tripoli
Revolutionary Brigade, a militia of former rebels from the
NATO-backed 2011 uprising that led to the overthrow and killing of
longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi.
(AP, 8/14/17)(AFP, 8/22/17)
2017 Aug 13, In Malaysia a town
hall meeting with former PM Mahathir Mohamad (92), who now heads an
opposition coalition, was marred by violence, with several people
hurling flares, chairs and shoes at the stage.
2017 Aug 13, In western Myanmar
hundreds of Buddhists took to the streets to protest against aid
organizations they accuse of giving support to Muslim Rohingya
2017 Aug 13, Nepalese
authorities upgraded the death toll from flash flooding across the
country to 49 as the water kept rising, forcing thousands to flee
for higher ground. Another 17 remained missing.
2017 Aug 13, In Portugal more
than 3,000 firemen struggled to put out forest fires across the
country, after the country requested assistance from Europe to fight
blazes that threaten to spread with more hot weather in the coming
2017 Aug 13, In Somalia Mukhtar
Robow Abu Mansur, a deputy director of al-Shabab, was flown to
Mogadishu from Hudur following his surrender to the government.
(AP, 8/13/17)(Reuters, 8/13/17)
2017 Aug 13, The Syrian Failaq
al-Rahman rebel faction said it has killed 20 army soldiers in a
tunnel blast as the battle for Damascus's northeastern suburbs shows
no signs of letting up.
2017 Aug 13, In Turkey police
Officer Sinan Acar (24) was stabbed to death by a suspected member
of the Islamic State (IS) group, who had been arrested for allegedly
planning a suicide attack. The suspected IS member was shot dead on
the spot by other police officers.
2017 Aug 13, Yemen's Central
Bank said the Saudi-led coalition is "strangling" the economy by
preventing planes from flying in newly-minted cash.
2018 Aug 13, US President
Donald Trump signed a $716-billion defense policy act that
authorizes military spending and waters down controls on US
government contracts with China's ZTE Corp and Huawei Technologies
2018 Aug 13, US Pres. Donald
Trump lashed out at his former adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman, who
is promoting a tell-all book of her White House experience. Newman
said: "There's a lot of very corrupt things happening in the White
House, and I am going to blow the whistle on a lot of them".
(SFC, 8/14/18, p.A5)
2018 Aug 13, A US lawyer for
Peter Strzok, a senior FBI counterintelligence agent, said Strzok
has been fired for violating bureau policies. Strzok had disparaged
Pres. Trump in inflammatory text messages and helped oversee the
Hillary Clinton and Russia investigations.
(SFC, 8/14/18, p.A5)
2018 Aug 13, In California the
body count in the Golden State Killer's alleged reign of terror
increased to 13 when prosecutors in Tulare County filed charges
linking suspect Joseph James De Angelo (72) to the 1975 murder of
college teacher Claude Snelling (45) in Visalia. De Angelo has also
been accused of being the East Area Rapist and Original Night
(SFC, 8/14/18, p.C1)
2018 Aug 13, In northern
California Ricardo Gardcia Lopez (39), on probation for domestic
violence and failing to register as a sex offender, shot and killed
three of his children before killing himself early today in
Clearlake, Lake County.
(SFC, 8/14/18, p.C3)
2018 Aug 13, In northern
California a firefighter from Utah was killed while battling the
Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex. The 300,970-acre Ranch
Fire was 59 percent contained. The associated River Fire was fully
contained at 48,920 acres.
(SFC, 8/14/18, p.C4)
2018 Aug 13, In Utah Duane Youd
flew a small plane into his own house hours after being arrested and
released on bail for assaulting his wife. Youd died in the crash,
but his wife and child survived.
(SFC, 8/14/18, p.A5)
2018 Aug 13, The West Virginia
House of Delegates impeached all four justices of the state Supreme
Court on charges of extravagant spending and other misconduct.
Democrats have described the whole process as a partisan power grab.
(http://tinyurl.com/y9alekkd)(SFC, 8/15/18, p.A5)
2018 Aug 13, Tesla chief
executive Elon Musk said he was in talks with Saudi Arabia's
sovereign wealth fund and other investors to take the electric
2018 Aug 13, Afghanistan's
defense minister said four days of ferocious fighting between Afghan
forces and the Taliban over Ghazni has claimed the lives of about
100 Afghan policemen and soldiers and at least 20 civilians. A
suicide attacker detonated explosives near the office of the
election commission in Kabul where dozens of protesters had
gathered. At least one police official was killed and one officer
(AP, 8/13/18)(Reuters, 8/13/18)
2018 Aug 13, In Armenia an
appeals court in Yerevan released former Pres. Robert Kocharian on
the grounds of constitutional immunity for actions as president.
Kocharian was jailed July 27 on charges of violating constitutional
order for sending police and soldiers to break up a demonstration in
Yerevan in March 2008. Eight demonstrators and two police died in
2018 Aug 13, A court in
Azerbaijan freed human rights activist Ilgar Mammadov after he had
served five years of a seven-year jail sentence. The European Court
of Human Rights has described his sentence "an unjustified
restriction of freedom".
2018 Aug 13, Influential
British publisher John Calder (b.1927) died in Edinburgh. He
championed avant-garde authors, battled censorship and published
such European writers as Anton Chekhov, Leo Tolstoy and Emile Zola,
as well as newer authors, notably Samuel Beckett, and edgy Americans
including Henry Miller and William S. Burroughs.
2018 Aug 13, China insisted
there is no "arbitrary detention" and there are no "re-education
centers" in its western Xinjiang region, rejecting concerns raised
by a UN human rights committee that more than 1 million ethnic
Uighurs may be being held in camps.
2018 Aug 13, Egypt's interior
ministry said security forces have killed six suspected militants in
a raid on a house on the outskirts of Cairo.
2018 Aug 13, Indonesian
authorities said the holiday island of Lombok suffered damage
running into more than 5 trillion rupiah ($342 million) from last
week's 6.9 earthquake as the death toll climbed to more than 430.
2018 Aug 13, Indonesian
prosecutors demanded an 18-month prison term for a woman who was
charged with blasphemy after she complained about the volume of a
mosque's loudspeakers. The ethnic Chinese defendant, Meiliana (44),
was arrested on May 18, about two years after her case triggered a
riot in Tanjung Balai.
2018 Aug 13, Iran unveiled a
next generation short-range ballistic missile and vowed to further
boost its capabilities.
2018 Aug 13, Malaysia's PM
Mahathir Mohamad said he is looking to cancel multibillion-dollar
Chinese-backed infrastructure projects signed by the previous
scandal-tainted government as the country digs itself out of debt.
2018 Aug 13, Norway's rightwing
Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg (58) quit after breaching security
protocol when he went on holiday to Iran in July with an
Iranian-born former beauty queen (28), in a major media scandal.
2018 Aug 13, A presidential
spokesman said Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has fired 20
people, including colonels and a general, over accusations of fraud
and graft in purchases of military medical supplies.
2018 Aug 13, Poland used its
powers as a European Union member to ban human rights Ukrainian
activist Lyudmyla Kozlovska (32) from all 26 countries in Europe's
Schengen area. Kozlovska was stopped at the Brussels Zaventem
airport after arriving from Kiev, held overnight and put on an early
flight back to Kiev the next morning. Belgian authorities acted
after Poland entered her in the Schengen Information System, a
database aimed at ensuring security in Europe's passport-free
2018 Aug 13, Workers at South
Africa's high-speed train service that mainly caters for business
commuters ended a two-week strike over pay after reaching a 12-month
agreement with their employer.
2018 Aug 13, Sudan's Red
Crescent Society said at least 23 people have been killed in heavy
flooding since July 23. More than 8,900 families have been left
2018 Aug 13, In Taiwan a fire
at a hospital early today killed nine people and injured 15. An
investigation was launched into the cause of the blaze.
2018 Aug 13, Tunisia's
President Beji Caid Essebsi proposed giving women equal inheritance
rights despite protests from thousands of people objecting to any
challenge to Islamic law.
2018 Aug 13, Turkey's central
bank took action to free up cash for banks as the country grapples
with a currency crisis sparked by concerns over President Recep
Tayyip Erdogan's economic policies and a trade and diplomatic
dispute with the United States.
2018 Aug 13, Ugandan police
arrested three opposition lawmakers and scores of others after
stones were thrown at the convoy of President Yoweri Museveni, who
has ruled the country since 1986.
2018 Aug 13, Venezuela's
President Nicolas Maduro announced that from now on dirt-cheap fuel
will be available only to people with a special government aid card
that the opposition has denounced as a tool for controlling people.
2019 Aug 13, Donald Trump
played Santa Claus, telling reporters he was delaying tariffs on
Chinese imports to avoid any adverse impact on US shoppers before
the festive season.
(The Guardian, 8/13/19)
2019 Aug 13, Ken Cuccinelli,
the acting director of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services,
said the famous inscription on the Statue of Liberty welcoming
immigrants is about "people coming from Europe" and that America is
looking to receive migrants "who can stand on their own two feet".
(SFC, 8/14/19, p.A7)
2019 Aug 13, A coalition of 21
Democratic-led states sued the Trump administration over its
decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants, with
California's governor saying the president is trying to rescue an
2019 Aug 13, The Los Angeles
Opera said it will investigate accusations of sexual misconduct
against Spanish tenor Placido Domingo, as two organizations canceled
planned appearances by him.
2019 Aug 13, The San Francisco
school board reversed course and voted to obscure art panels at
George Washington High School that depicted slavery and white
settlers stepping over a dead Native American. They were painted in
1936 by Russian artist Victor Arnautoff as part of the Works
Progress Administration public art program under President Franklin
Roosevelt’s New Deal employment projects.
(SFC, 8/14/19, p.C1)
2019 Aug 13, A police officer
in Gastonia, North Carolina, shot a suspect late today after
responding to a call about a “subject with a weapon" at a popular
(Charlotte Observer, 8/14/19)
2019 Aug 13, In Australia Mert
Ney (21) was wrestled to the ground by three British men after he
yelled "Allahu akbar" (God is great) and wounded one woman and
attempted to stab others in Sidney. He had already allegedly stabbed
one woman (21) to death in a nearby apartment. Police said he had a
history of mental health issues.
(The Telegraph, 8/13/19)(SFC, 8/14/19, p.A2)
2019 Aug 13, It was reported
that arrests and deportations of foreign teachers in China have
soared this year, amid a broad crackdown defined by new police
tactics and Beijing's push for a "cleaner", more patriotic education
system. Switzerland-based Education First (EF), which runs 300
schools across 50 Chinese cities, has seen a "significant" increase
in detentions in China for alleged offences including drugs,
fighting and cybersecurity violations, according to a June 27
internal notice sent to employees.
2019 Aug 13, An Ethiopian
soldier shot a man dead in front of several people after his phone
rang during a public meeting in 2019. Ariti Shununde (32) was killed
during operations to suppress the armed Oromo Liberation Army (OLA).
2019 Aug 13, Guatemala's Pres.
Alejandro Giammattei said his country is too poor to tend to its own
people, let alone those from other countries. This was in response
to a July agreement signed by the outgoing administration of Pres.
Jimmy Morales that would require migrants from other countries who
cross into Guatemala to apply for asylum locally rather than in the
(SFC, 8/15/19, p.A4)
2019 Aug 13, Protests forced
Hong Kong’s airport to suspend check-ins for departing flights --
its second straight day of major service disruptions -- as embattled
local leader Carrie Lam warned that the city risked sliding into an
2019 Aug 13, In Libya fighting
around Tripoli resumed overnight, following a two-day truce observed
during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. The self-styled Libyan
National Army led by commander Khalifa Hifter carried out airstrikes
overnight on Tripoli's southern outskirts.
2019 Aug 13, Nigeria’s
President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the central bank to stop dollar
supply for food imports, saying food security has been achieved and
agricultural production has increased.
2019 Aug 13, Pakistan called
for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council, saying India's
decision to strip its part of disputed Kashmir of autonomy poses "an
imminent threat" to international peace and could lead to ethnic
cleansing and genocide in the Muslim-majority region.
2019 Aug 13, Sudan state news
said flooding triggered by weekend heavy rains inundated hundreds of
houses in Khartoum and elsewhere in the country and killed at least
2019 Aug 13, Ukrainian
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy signed a decree offering citizenship
to Russians suffering political persecution, and also to foreigners
who fought on Kiev's side in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
2020 Aug 13, President Donald
Trump said his team was rejecting Democrats' bid to include funds
for the US Postal Service and to shore up election infrastructure in
a new coronavirus relief bill, as he vowed to block money to
facilitate mail-in voting. Trump acknowledged that his position
would starve the agency of money Democrats say it needs to process
an anticipated surge in mail-in ballots during the coronavirus
(Reuters, 8/13/20)(AP, 8/13/20)
2020 Aug 13, President Donald
Trump, PM Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and Sheikh Mohammed Bin
Zayed, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the
United Arab Emirates, agreed to the full normalization of relations
between Israel and the UAE. The Abraham accords required Israel to
halt its contentious plan to annex occupied West Bank land sought by
(AP, 8/13/20)(Econ., 10/31/20, p.23)
2020 Aug 13, President Donald
Trump gave credence to a false and racist conspiracy theory about
Kamala Harris’ eligibility to be vice president, fueling an online
misinformation campaign that parallels the one he used to power his
rise into politics.
2020 Aug 13, The Trump
administration formally weakened a major climate change regulation,
effectively freeing oil and gas companies from the need to detect
and repair methane leaks.
(SFC, 8/14/20, p.A4)
2020 Aug 13, The US Justice
Department accused Yale University of violating federal civil rights
law by discriminating against Asian-American and white applicants.
(NY Times, 8/14/20)
2020 Aug 13, US federal law
enforcement officials said that they had conducted the “largest-ever
seizure of cryptocurrency" connected to terrorism. Three forfeiture
complaints involved the Al-Qassam Brigades, better known as the
military wing of Hamas, in addition to al-Qaeda and ISIS.
(NBC News, 8/13/20)
2020 Aug 13, A federal appeals
court in New Orleans upheld the constitutionality of the all-male
military draft system, citing a 1981 US Supreme Court decision.
2020 Aug 13, It was reported
that the US has seized the cargo of four vessels, called Luna,
Pandi, Bering and Bella, on the high seas in recent days and that
they are now en route to Houston. US prosecutors filed a lawsuit
last month to seize the gasoline aboard the four tankers that Iran
is trying to ship to Venezuela.
(Reuters, 8/13/20)(SFC, 8/14/20, p.A4)
2020 Aug 13, A US-based
think-tank said satellite imagery suggests recent flooding in North
Korea may have damaged pump houses connected to the country's main
2020 Aug 13, The US Supreme
Court left in place a lower-court ruling that relaxes voting
restrictions in Rhode Island during the coronavirus pandemic.
2020 Aug 13, Michael Cohen,
Pres. Trump's one-time lawyer and fixer, released the foreward of
his upcoming jailhouse tell-all in which he promised stories
involving the president. The memoir will be titled: "Disloyal: The
True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J.
Trump." The governemnt has tried to stop the publication. It was set
for release on Sept. 8.
(SFC, 8/14/20, p.A5)(SSFC, 9/6/20, p.A9)
2020 Aug 13, Steven Donziger,
the American lawyer who spent more than two decades suing Chevron
Corp over pollution in the Ecuadorian rain forest, was disbarred in
New York by a state appeals court. Nine years ago, Donziger had won
a $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron in an Ecuador court, but was
unable to enforce it after a US judge found it had been obtained
2020 Aug 13, California to
date had 601,975 cases of coronavirus and 10,981 deaths. The SF Bay
Area had 67,778 cases and 947 deaths. Total cases nationwide reached
over 5,244,238 with the death toll at 167,029.
2020 Aug 13, Georgia's state
Gov. Brian kemp said he's dropping a lawsuit against the city of
Atlanta in a dispute over the city's requirement to wear marks in
public and other restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.
(SFC, 8/14/20, p.A6)
2020 Aug 13, Nevada recorded
602 new cases of the coronavirus to bring its total to 58,650. The
death toll grew 34 to 1,030.
(SFC, 8/14/20, p.A6)
2020 Aug 13, In Portland,
Oregon, a crowd of several hundred anti-racism protesters, some of
whom had set a fire and launched fireworks around the US courthouse,
mostly dispersed early today after police declared the gathering a
riot and fired tear gas at them.
2020 Aug 13, Maryland-based
Novavax Inc said South Korea's SK bioscience would manufacture a
component of the US drug developer's experimental coronavirus
vaccine in a bid to boost its supply.
2020 Aug 13, Dallas resident
Collin Garrett Hayden (28), a male stripper accused of drug-dealing
and being a white supremacist, was sentenced to 200 months in
(Miami Herald, 8/14/20)
2020 Aug 13, Crowds of
protesters in Belarus swarmed the streets and thousands of workers
rallied outside industrial plants to denounce a police crackdown on
demonstrations over a disputed election that extended the 26-year
rule of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. Nearly 7,000
people have been detained and hundreds injured in a harsh clampdown
by police on demonstrators protesting the official results.
2020 Aug 13, It was reported
that at least 782 American guns have been discovered by British
police since 2017.
(NY Times, 8/13/20)
2020 Aug 13, The Chinese city
of Shenzhen's government identified a Brazilian meat plant owned by
Aurora, the country's third largest processor of chicken and pork,
as the source of chicken wings that tested positive for the novel
coronavirus. Authorities in the Chinese city of Xian separately
reported that the outer packaging of shrimp imported from Ecuador
also tested positive for the coronavirus.
2020 Aug 13, ShanghaiPRIDE, one
of China's longest running gay pride groups, said it was cancelling
all activities and events for the foreseeable future, citing the
need to protect the "safety" of its people and prompting a chorus of
regret on social media.
2020 Aug 13, Researchers said a
coronavirus vaccine candidate developed by a unit of China National
Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) appeared to be safe and triggered
antibody-based immune responses in early and mid-stage trials.
2020 Aug 13, China reported 30
new coronavirus cases on the mainland, up from 19 on the previous
day. China's total number of cases now stands at 84,786. The
official death toll is unchanged at 4,634.
2020 Aug 13, In Egypt Essam
el-Erian (66), senior leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood
group, died of a heart attack in a Cairo prison where he had been
serving a 25-year sentence.
2020 Aug 13, German biotech
firm CureVac BV raised $213.3 million in its initial public offering
in New York, setting the stage for the first stock market debut of a
company developing a potential vaccine to combat the coronavirus.
2020 Aug 13, Greek authorities
quarantined the country's third largest migrant camp on the Aegean
Sea island of Chios until August 25 after an asylum-seeker and a
staff member were diagnosed with COVID-19.
(SFC, 8/14/20, p.A6)
2020 Aug 13, Iran recorded 174
deaths from coronavirus and 2,625 new cases to take its death toll
to more than 19,000 and total cases to 336,324.
2020 Aug 13, Israel's Defense
Ministry said it has conducted a successful test of the Arrow-2
interceptor, the country’s advanced missile defense system against
long-range ballistic attacks.
2020 Aug 13, The Israeli
military struck Hamas militant sites in the Gaza Strip early today
in response to continued launches of explosives-laden balloons from
the Palestinian territory into Israel.
2020 Aug 13, Israel charged
five members of its border security force with stealing from
Palestinians who were crossing illegally into Israel from the West
2020 Aug 13, Israel's largest
medical center said a newly developed saliva test aims to determine
in less than a second whether or not you are infected with the novel
2020 Aug 13, In the Ivory Coast
opposition and civil society groups demonstrated in Abidjan against
Pres. Alassane Ouattara's decision to run for a third term in
(SFC, 8/14/20, p.A2)
2020 Aug 13, Lithuania
designated the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group as a terrorist
organization and issued a 10-year ban on all individuals related to
the Iran-backed group from entering the Baltic nation’s territory.
2020 Aug 13, Mozambique said
its troops are fighting to regain control of the key port of
Mocimboa da Praia, following multiple reports that it had fallen to
Islamist militants a day earlier. Dozens of soldiers were reported
killed, and a patrol boat sunk. The army said it has killed about 60
2020 Aug 13, South Korea
confirmed plans to start building its first aircraft carrier next
year as tensions grow in the Indo-Pacific region between the US and
China and the question of North Korea’s nuclear ambitions remains
(The Telegraph, 8/13/20)
2020 Aug 13, Spain now leads
Europe with 44,400 new coronavirus cases confirmed over the past 14
days. New daily cases reached nearly 3,000.
(AP, 8/13/20)(SFC, 8/14/20, p.A6)
2020 Aug 13, Spain's regional
government of Andalusia said 12 out of 19 people suffering from
meningitis in the southern province of Seville have tested positive
for Nile fever, with the remaining seven samples still pending
results. Greece has reported 10 cases of Nile fever and one death so
far this summer.
2020 Aug 13, The UN reported
that at least eight children under the age of five have died in
recent days from health problems linked to the dire conditions in a
camp in northern Syria housing tens of thousands of female
supporters of the Islamic State group and their children.
2020 Aug 13, It was reported
that an oil spill in Venezuela has coated a stretch of the country's
Caribbean coastline. Fishermen and locals living around Morrocoy
National Park began reporting oil washing ashore last week.
(SFC, 8/13/20, p.A2)
2020 Aug 13, Vietnam's health
ministry reported 25 more coronavirus infections and three
additional deaths, bringing the total number of cases in the
Southeast Asian country to 905, with 20 fatalities.